With simply days to go earlier than its launch, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s historic epic Padmavati has been withdrawn from the calendar. Makers Viacom 18 postponed the December 1 launch after a sequence of violent threats by fringe teams. Bhansali and star Deepika Padukone, who performs the titular position, had been threatened with violence. With Madhya Pradesh banning the movie and Punjab CM Amarinder Singh becoming a member of the refrain, we carry you the most recent updates on the controversy:
Akhil Bharatiya Maratha Mahasangh and Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriyahasangh members protest towards Sanjay Leela Bansali’s upcoming movie Padmavati at Azad Maidan , in Mumbai.
2:50 pm IST: “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,” mentioned Samajwadi Party chief, Azam Khan, based on ANI.
2:31 pm IST: TV experiences recommend Maharashtra is mulling a ban on Padmavati. Punjab, UP and MP have ‘banned’ the movie up to now.
2:00 pm IST: The environment of “intolerance” and “barbaric” statements on “beheading” of filmmakers and actors has upset Rohit Roy, who says he’s annoyed about being an Indian residing in India.
“For the first time, I’m sad, frustrated, enraged that I’m an Indian living in India… Never thought I’d ever say that. Indeed, very sad. Jai Hind,” Rohit tweeted.
12:40 pm IST: Within 48 hours after protest over the Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie reached Kolkata with members of Bharat Kshatriya Samaj vowing to forestall the discharge of the movie in West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress made it clear that they won’t enable any muscle flexing within the identify of protest.
The tone was set by chief minister Mamata Banerjee herself, who tweeted her displeasure over the controversy round Padmavati. “The #Padmavati controversy is not only unfortunate but also a calculated plan of a political party to destroy the freedom to express ourselves. We condemn this super emergency. All in the film industry must come together and protest in one voice,” she wrote on Monday.
12 pm IST: On Tuesday, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath slammed Bhansali in an interview to CNN-IBN, saying ‘he invited trouble’ by making the movie. He mentioned that the ban on the Padmavati would proceed within the state, and that the filmmakers ought to respect the emotions of the 22 crore residents of UP.
“Nobody has the right to take law into their own hands, be it Sanjay Leela Bhansali or anybody is. And I feel that if those giving death threats are guilty, then Bhansali is also guilty of hurting people’s sentiments,” he mentioned.
11:45 am IST:Police have been stationed exterior Deepika Padukone’s mother or father’s home in Bengaluru. “I have asked the Haryana Chief Minister to take strict action against those threatening to harm Deepika, as she only played the lead role in the film as an actress as directed by its maker,” Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah mentioned on Monday.
“I condemn the culture of intolerance and hate perpetuated by the BJP and its right-wing groups. Karnataka stands by Deepika who is a renowned artist from our state.”
11:40 am IST: Actor Kamal Haasan tweeted in solidarity with Deepika Padukone. “Extremism in any debate is deplorable. Wake up cerebral India.Time to think. We’ve said enough. Listen Ma Bharat,” he wrote.
10:35 am IST: According to ANI, a person from Gurugram has filed an FIR towards BJP chief Suraj Pal Amu for his feedback towards Deepika Padukone & Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The chief beforehand inspired violence towards the filmmaker and star.
— ANI (@ANI) November 21, 2017
10:15 am IST: In an look on the ongoing International Film Festival of India in Goa, actor Shah Rukh Khan, in what appeared like an indirect reference to the continuing protests and the exclusion of two movies from the pageant, mentioned, “…. Familial experience binds us all together, makes relationships stronger even in the face of dissent and discussion as it happens in a family, instead of tearing us apart.”
I&B minister Smriti Irani and Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the pageant together with Shah Rukh Khan.
9:45 am IST: At the IFFI pink carpet on Monday, a number of Bollywood personalities equivalent to Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari (director of Bareilly Ki Barfi), producer Boney Kapoor and composer AR Rahman refused to deal with the problem. However, filmmakers Kabir Khan, Milan Luthria, Shoojit Sircar and Meghna Gulzar expressed solidarity with Bhansali.
eight:35 am IST: CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi on Monday mentioned the censor board is making an attempt to give you a “balanced decision” about Padmavati however it ought to be given ample house and time to do this. “We need to understand that the CBFC must take a balanced decision. This situation was not created by the CBFC. It had nothing to do with the protests on the roads. You show the film to media houses and get reviews done but you want CBFC to deliver a fair and well-thought out decision?” Joshi mentioned
eight:30 am IST: While defending the movie on Monday, lyricist and author Javed Akhtar made incendiary remarks towards the Rajputs, who’ve been protesting the movie’s launch over its depiction of Queen Padmavati. “The Rajputs and the Rajwadas never fought against the British and now they are taking to the streets against a film and a filmmaker,” he mentioned.
Several fringe teams have been threatening violence towards the movie, ever since its manufacturing started earlier this yr. A Meerut youth provided a Rs 5 crore bounty on director Bhansali and star Deepika Padukone’s heads.
The movie starring Deepika, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji, relies on the legend of Rani Padmavati, a Hindu Rajput queen.
Padmavati has an essential place in Indian literature however there may be little proof of the legendary queen’s existence. The filmmakers have mentioned Padmavati is a piece of fiction however that didn’t cease the protests. The troubles started when members of the Rajput Karni Sena attacked the filmmaker on the units of the movie, alleging that he was misrepresenting ‘facts’ concerning the queen – particularly her ‘relationship’ with tyrant Alaudin Khilji.
Protesters allege that the historic information within the film had been wrongly offered to “defame” the picture of Padmavati and that it had harm the emotions of lakhs of individuals.
Padmavati has been dealing with a number of hassle since early this yr. Bhansali was assaulted by activists of a Rajput neighborhood group, Karni Sena, whereas taking pictures in Jaipur.
BJP chief Suraj Pal Amu took the threats a step additional on Sunday. “If you do not take back your words, we will break your legs,” he mentioned in Hindi, addressing the movie’s star, Ranveer Singh.
“I want to congratulate the Meerut youth for announcing Rs 5 crore bounty for beheading Deepika, and Bhansali. We will reward the ones beheading them with Rs 10 crore, and also take care of their family’s needs,” he mentioned.
Padmavati: states of protest
- Punjab’s Amarinder Singh turns into first Congress chief minister to assist protests towards film
- Haryana needs film banned, a celebration chief presents Rs 10 crore bounty for anybody beheading Padukone or Bhansali
- Rajasthan needs “objectionable” components of film eliminated. Group referred to as Karni Sena threatens actor Deepika Padukone, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali
- Gujarat BJP tells Election Commission film ought to be launched after state elections
- Maharashtra govt assures safety to Padmavati’s actors, director and theatres; Shiv Sena needs Bhansali to heed protesters’ calls for
- Karnataka govt assures safety to film, asks Haryana to take motion towards individuals threatening Padukone
- Telangana BJP chief T Raja Singh threatens to torch theatres in the event that they display the film
- West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee helps film, calls controversy ‘super emergency’
- MP bans film. CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan says he received’t enable “distortion of history”
- UP too needs film delayed. A Thakur chief presents Rs 5 crore as bounty for beheading Bhansali or Padukone
Several Bollywood personalities objected to the choice, some even calling for a boycott on the discharge of all movies. Padmavati star Shahid Kapoor mentioned that he’s ‘optimistic and proud of the film’ and that ‘any kind of violence and coercion is uncalled for.’
On Monday, actor Shabana Azmi and lyricist Javed Akhtar referred to as members of Bollywood to refuse to be “puppets in this game of electoral gain, divisive politics and polarisation” because the row over Padmavati turned uglier and blamed the BJP governments on the Centre and a few states of not doing sufficient to deal with the protests towards the movie.
Akhtar mentioned, “the people who say they will eradicate terrorism, can’t ensure that a film is released.”
“For discussion’s sake, even if one was to accept that somebody’s feelings have been hurt, that she was indeed a historical figure, and so on, what are we doing about it? Are you going to cut somebody’s nose or chop off somebody’s head? Is that how a civilised country will work?” requested the nationwide award-winning author.
Javed Akhtar’s remarks that the Rajputs had been pawn of the British earned him threats of his personal.
One of the movie’s stars, Shahid Kapoor, broke his silence on the ongoing India International Film Festival in Goa. “Sometimes films of this nature…. it gets a bit complicated. I will choose to be optimistic till the due course is done. This is not the time to be angry, not the time to lose your cool. There are enough people doing that. So I would choose to say that I believe in the process,” Shahid informed reporters on the IFFI pink carpet.
There have been different voices too. Veteran actor Prakash Raj tweeted, “Will they let #Padmavati release post election at least ..#justasking”
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) November 19, 2017
One introduced 5 crores… now a celebration spokes particular person introduced ten crores reward for many who behead an actor and a director !!There appears to be a great deal of moeny to reward submit demonitization… however does that features GST… #justasking”
Twinkle Khanna tweeted on, “And as far as #Padmavati is concerned I wish it is the biggest hit ever as that would be the befitting rejoinder to all these loony threats!”
Riteish Deshmukh tweeted: “What kind of a country are we becoming???? Open death threats!!! Hope our Honorable Government takes quick action. #Padmavati #KyaMeraBharatMahaanHai?”
The CBFC had despatched the movie again to the producers as the applying for the certification was “incomplete”. CBFC chairperson Prasoon Joshi mentioned he deplored using “convenient, casual methods” and mentioned there ought to be “a responsible, mutually respectful and balanced approach”.
Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, which has produced the movie, informed PTI that the problem with the applying was “minor” and the CBFC might have screened the movie. “That’s true. But film is with the CBFC, it is merely a minor technical issue. Nothing stops them from seeing the film if they want,” he mentioned.
Joshi has additionally criticised director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for screening the movie for a choose group that included TV anchor Arnab Goswami with no certificates. “It is disappointing that the film Padmavati is being screened for the media and getting reviewed on national channels without the CBFC having seen or certified the film. This compromises the role of systems and balances that are part of a functioning industry,” mentioned Joshi.
The Board refused to expedite the movie’s certification course of.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has informed delegations of the Rajput neighborhood, which is protesting the movie’s depiction of Rani Padmini, or Padmavati, that his authorities received’t tolerate any “wrong portrayal of a character worshipped by the nation”.
Rajasthan won’t enable the film to be screened within the state with out “necessary changes” advised by chief minister Vasundhara Raje.
She wrote on Saturday to Union data and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani for the adjustments to respect the emotions of Rajputs.
The Uttar Pradesh authorities has additionally referred to as for cuts to take away objectionable sections from the film, which was as a consequence of open on December 1 however its producers postponed the discharge amid violent protests and demise threats.
As the protests mounted, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray spoke to director Sanjay Leela Bhansali after a Rajput delegation sought his intervention. The get together mentioned the filmmaker ought to edit out offending parts.
The protesters discovered a supporter in Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, who turned the primary Congress chief to talk out towards the movie.
“Nobody will accept the distortion of history and those who are protesting are rightly doing so,” ANI quoted the Congress chief as saying.
Trouble started after the Rajput Karni Sena, a fringe group, demanded a ban on the movie as a result of it “distorted history”. Bhansali has repeatedly denied this cost whereas the makers reiterated that the movie was a cinematic masterpiece capturing “Rajput valour, dignity and tradition in all its glory”.
Supporters of Karni Sena impede the taking pictures of Padmavati at Jaigarh Palace in Jaipur.
Earlier this yr, Bhansali was even roughed up by the Sena members in Jaipur and the movie units vandalised throughout taking pictures.
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