'Maharashtra Bhushan' award sought for Bhansali

Mumbai, Dec 22 - Congress legislator Nitesh N Rane has asked the state government to confer the 'Maharashtra Bhushan' award on Bollywood Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for his latest film 'Bajirao Mastani'.

Talking to mediapersons here yesterday, Mr Rane said, 'With 'Bajirao Mastani', Bhansali has succeeded in making Peshwa Bajirao I a household name.
That's his greatest contribution to Maharashtra.

'It's a huge contribution by Bhansali. He has made Peshwa Bajirao a household name,' Rane has written in a letter to state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Further more, Bharatiya Janata Party activists had protested against the film and forced cancellation of its shows in some cinems houses in Pune and other cities.

'If the same BJP government could honour Babasaheb Purandare with a 'Maharashtra Bhushan' though he had distorted Maratha history, then Bhansali definitely deserves the honour for highlighting the Peshwas' glory', he further said.

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