>> It's a Bollywood drama based on the legend of a 14th century Hindu queen. But several states in India are now stepping up police presence in the run up to the Thursday release of the film Padmavati. Street protests this week turned increasingly violent. Furious Hindu groups have demanded a complete ban.
This week torching buses, vandalizing theaters and burning effigies of the director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who's already fought the delay of the film. Reuter's Swati Bhat says he stands accused of disrespecting history.>> The film, Padmavati, is based on an eponymous epic that depicts the life of a queen who belonged to one of India's most famous warrior clans, the Rajputs.
The legend goes that the queen had jumped into fire to protect her honor from a Muslim invader. What has now happened is that some of these Rajput groups believe that this particular movie is distorting history by showing their queen in negative light.>> Right wing groups accuse the filmmakers of portraying a Muslim ruler as a lover of the Hindu queen.
The filmmakers say that's not true. Protests or no, filmgoers headed in to see Padmavati on Thursday.>> No, I don't think it's right because I really like the story, the movie, so I'm excited to watch it.>> They have the space for criticism. Every audience, every person has the space for criticism, but this vandalism doesn't make any sense.
>> India's Supreme Court rejected bids to ban the film earlier this week, though some theaters have been holding back, fearing for the safety of their customers and for their staff.