Just when you thought things cannot get any more problematic for Ashutosh Gowariker's comeback film, Panipat, the film now finds itself caught in a spat with Rajasthan locals. As per reports, locals of Rajasthan are protesting against the Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon film, claiming misrepresentation of the Jats of Rajasthan, reports India Today.
Panipat, which is based on the Third Battle Of Panipat, has Arjun Kapoor essay the role of Sadashiv Rao Bhau. In the film, when Sadashiv seeks the supports of Maratha ally Maharaja Surajmal in Rajasthan in their fight against Afghan invader Ahmad Shah Abdali (Sanjay Dutt), the latter is shown to negotiate a stiff deal with Sadashiv. When Sadashiv refused to agree to his terms, Maharaja Surajmal denied support against the Afghans.The locals of Rajasthan claim this is an incorrect portrayal of Maharaja Surajmal and that it sends out a wrong message. The people from the Jat community of Rajasthan have resorted to burning effigies of director Ashutosh Gowariker in protest.
Panipat released on December 6 and clashed at the box office with Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Panday's Pati Patni Aur Woh. This caused a major dent in Panipat's early collections, as it managed to score just about Rs 4 crore on the opening Friday.
Earlier, soon after the trailer of the film was released, Nawabzada Shadab Ali Bahadur, the eighth generation descendent of Peshwa Bajirao, had served the makers of Panipat a notice, against a particular dialogue in the trailer. The dialogue in question is: "I've heard that whenever the Peshwa goes to the war alone, he returns with a Mastani." This is mouthed by Parvati Bai, essayed by Kriti Sanon, who is Sadashiv Rao Bhau's wife. Gowariker at the time had requested everyone to watch the film before forming an opinion about the film. But now, looks like fresh trouble has marred Panipat's run at the theatres.