Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati has been facing controversies one after another for almost a year now. While organizations have threatened to cut of Deepika Padukone’s nose and behead Sanjay Leela Bhansali, there have been various demonstrations all over India against the movie.
Menwhile, amid all the protests, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind Padmavati, has voluntarily postponed the release of the film.
— Viacom18 (@viacom18) November 19, 2017
The movie was scheduled to release on 1 December.
On Sunday, Suraj Pal Amu, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s chief media coordinator for Haryana said while talking to a cheering crowd:
“I want to congratulate the Meerut youth who announced a Rs.5-crore bounty for beheading Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali.”
He further added:
“We will reward those who behead them with Rs.10 crore and also take care of their family’s needs.”
Various Bollywood celebrities have stepped forward in support of Deepika and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati, including Salman Khan, Shabana Azmi, Anurag Basu, Farhan Akhtar, Kamal Hassan, Arjun Kapoor among many others.
While talking to a news agency, Salman Khan said:
“I want to say that you have Censor Board, they will take a decision. Sanjay (Leela Bhansali) makes very beautiful and excellent films. His films never have any vulgarity. Looking at his previous track record, one should know that he will never portray any character in a bad light.”
Some celebs took to Twitter to express their opinion.
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) November 17, 2017
We as a country are turning into exactly all those we have pointed fingers at… https://t.co/G9wPzoW13y
— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) November 19, 2017
I wantMs.Deepika’s head.. saved. Respect it more than her body.Even more her freedom. Do not deny her that.Many communities have apposed my films.Extremism in any debate is deplorable. Wake up cerebral India.Time to think. We’ve said enough. Listen Ma Bharat
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) November 20, 2017
Its bizarre!! the whole #Padmavati row is based on just presumptions.
protestors have not seen a single frame of the film yet,but they know tht history hs been se tampered! How! ??
— anurag basu (@basuanurag) November 19, 2017
Actor and director Farhan Akhtar reportedly said:
“I am totally against anything being banned. I genuinely believe that we should stop treating our audiences as children. It is important for the development of any nation that there are viewpoints, that are not always in agreement with the majority. We as a film industry are dependent on the CBFC to tell us what is okay and what is not okay. We have accepted that. Beyond that, it is up to the I&B ministry and the government to protect the films and filmmakers. It’s time for the film fraternity to come and stand together on these issues. We are a really small industry, so if we don’t come together then no one will do for us.”
Here’s what ANI UP on Twitter posted regarding Padmavati controversy:
There is objection over story of a film. Famous film Mughal-e-Azam showed Anarkali as Saleem’s mehbooba, when in reality there is no such thing but no Muslim objected because it is a story & Muslims are large-hearted they know a film can’t ruin their history: Azam Khan #Padmavati pic.twitter.com/hPKtJtknGX
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 21, 2017
While talking to a leading news agency, Jacqueline Fernandez said:
“I just think that film is a form of art and everyone has the freedom of speech. Everyone has the freedom to make what they want to make, if people do not like or have an issue with it, then they don’t need to watch it. I just feel that violence is a complete no. It’s a very wrong thing to do. There are better ways to solve issues.”
Prakash Raj also tweeted an interesting question.
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) November 19, 2017
Here’s a video of a few other celebrities talking about the Padmavati ban.
According to reports, Deepika has been provided tight security after death threats. On Saturday, amidst growing protest over Padmavati, Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje have asked them to make necessary changes in the movie before its release.
Let’s just hope the entire Padmavati controversy resolves soon and everyone remains safe.
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