Mumbai : The senior Shiv Sena leader and former Maharashtra Minister, Arjun Khotkar, has demanded that the subsequent episodes of the Marathi TV series- “Swarajya Rakshak Sambhaji” should be stopped from being aired on television in view of potential conflicts in the society and therefore should not be transmitted on television. The Marathi TV serial has recently shown Mughal soldiers capturing Sambhaji alive.
Swarajyarakshak Sambhaji is an Indian historical drama based on the life of Sambhaji Maharaj. The series is directed by Vivek Deshpande and Kartik Rajaram Kendhe and is written by Pratap Gangavane. It is produced by Pinku Biswas under the banner of Jagadamb Creations. Sambhaji reined over the Maratha Kingdom for 9 years until 1689 when he was captured, tortured and executed by the Mughal ruler Aurangzeb.
The Lok Sabha member and the NCP leader Amol Kolhe, a popular face in Marathi TV plays the role of Sambhaji, Shivaji Maharaj’s son. He grows to become a Maratha king.
While there are multiple accounts of Sambhaji’s skirmishes with the Mughal ruler, his torture, execution and disposal of his body, however, by and large, all agree that he was tortured and executed on the Aurangzeb’s orders. Sambhaji was murdered on 11 March 1689, reportedly by tearing him apart from the front and back with tiger claws and beheading with an axe at Tulapur on the banks of the Bhima river near Pune.
The Sena leader Khot sought an intervention from the union as well as the state government to ban the serials in view of maintaining law and order across the state.