Former national-level shooter and Karni Sena chief threatens to chop off actress Deepika Padukone's nose
What's the story?
In quite an unbelievable turn of events, the chief of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena Lokendra Singh Kalvi made a serious threat to actress Deepika Padukone ahead of the release of the film Padmavati, where she will portray the role of the Rajput queen.
In an interview with CNN News 18, he stated that he will not hesitate to chop off Padukone's nose and said that those who have not read history cannot make films on historical figures.
In case you didn't know
Padmavati is an upcoming Bollywood film that is slated to release on December 1 and is starring Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone.
This film has been in the news for long after director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was manhandled and the movie's sets being vandalized in January earlier this year by members of the Karni Sena.
The heart of the matter
Both sides in the controversy have strong sporting connects with Kalvi being a former national-level shooter. His two sons are sportsmen as well with Bhavani Kalvi having represented India in polo and Pratap Kalvi being a reputed shooter.
Padukone, on the other hand, is a former national-level badminton player while her father is a former World No. 1 in the sport.
It remains to be seen how the controversy will play out and whether the Sena will carry out the threats. They also challenged that they will chop off director Sanjay Bhansali's head, which is certainly quite an audacious claim.
The release date is November 1 and the Sena members have also claimed that they will die fighting if the movie does hit theatres.
It is a truly shocking state of affairs. Such claims by someone who has played sport at a high level is extremely disappointing and completely against the values taught by sport.