The release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ has become a burning issue of debate not only in the film industry but also in Indian politics. The film’s release has now been postponed indefinitely due to the protests raised by various Rajput groups accusing Bhansali of misinterpretation of history.
The latest in the controversy is more than 300 protesters including 20 women have been arrested by police in Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh on Sunday, November 26. According to the SHO of Chittorgarh police station, nearly 300 protesters started a rally and headed towards the collector’s office. The police said that protesters were demanding a ban on the film ‘Padmavati’.
On contrary, a large number of people from film and entertainment industry are raising a voice in support of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and termed that the democracy is at the stake. Eminent filmmaker Sekhar Kapur has recently questioned on the need of censoring Bhansali’s latest film. The ace filmmaker said that he knows Bhansali personally and his intention was not to create storm or controversy.
Kamal Hassan was the first one from the South Indian film industry to raise voice on the ‘Padmavati’ controversy, as the actor recently said that people are being oversensitive over ‘Padmavati row. Veteran director Shyam Benegal also could not keep himself quiet and criticized the government for saying that why the government is playing the role of a mute spectator on the issue.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also jumped in the controversy by extending her support for the movie. Her gesture, however, irked Haryana BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu a lot. The BJP leader threatened Banerjee as saying that she will face the same fate as ‘Surpanakha’. However, many political parties including the BJP condemned the remark.