Violent protests erupt in India against Bollywood epic ‘Padmaavat’

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The film, due for release on Thursday, has opened for advance bookings elsewhere in India, but theaters in some northern Indian states have yet to list it for fear of violent protests. Several hardliners have even offered bounties of up to 50 million rupees ($769,000, €620,240) to anyone who “beheaded” lead actress Deepika Padukone or the film’s director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.