Amid protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming period film Padmavati, the Congress' Kerala unit on Sunday asked Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to ensure that the film is released in the state.

Questioning the Chief Minister's silence on the issue, state Congress president MM Hassan said, "What baffles me is the silence of Pinarayi Vijayan."

"We all expected Pinarayi to come out strongly against the present opposition against this film, but surprisingly he has not uttered a word. I have now written to him to see that the state government should ensure that the film is released in Kerala and, if need be, security should also be given," IANS quoted Hassan as saying.

Also read: S Durga: Kerala film industry hails High Court verdict

In his letter, Hassan also pointed out that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also promised to release the film in her state.

"The opposition to this film from fascist forces is a clear example of curbing expression of freedom," Hassan said, adding that Pinarayi's silence means the Kerala CM doesn't want to ruffle the "good relations" he has with the RSS and BJP.

Padmavati, Bhansali's historical drama, has been facing protests from Hindu groups, while some have even issued violent threats over claims that the film distorts various historical facts.

The film was scheduled to be released on December 1 but has been deferred by the makers amid the controversy.