These are pictures from the new Indian epic period film "Padmavati", featuring Bollywood star Deepika Padukone, which has caused widespread protests in India by hardline Hindu groups — and subsequently its release has been postponed.
Supporters of fringe Hindu groups have rampaged through several Indian cities against the release of the controversial film about a legendary Hindu queen. India's Supreme Court has refused to allow bans on the movie.
Producers of "Padmavati" delayed the film's release after a ruling party official offered a large bounty to anyone who "beheaded" its lead star and the director. Hindu nationalists claim the film falsifies history.
"Padmaavat" opened in theaters across India after months of fierce protests that kicked off amid false rumors that the movie featured a love sequence between a legendary Hindu queen and a Muslim ruler.
A US television channel has reignited the debate over the Ram Setu bridge between India and Sri Lanka, claiming that it was not a natural formation but rather a man-made structure. Murali Krishnan reports.
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