Padmavati row: Question raised over silence of SRK, Amitabh

  • Padmavati row: Question raised over silence of SRK, Amitabh

Padmavati row: Question raised over silence of SRK, Amitabh

Bollywood filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming directorial "Padmavati" has been facing a lot of backlash from several groups in the country. It was requested that Hindu sentiments should not be offended by playing "Ghoomar" song in the cultural programmes being organised in schools.

However, former CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani, who always found himself in the middle of controversies, has claimed that it is illegal to export a film before getting clearance in India. The film has been given a December 1 release date by the authority for screening in Britain.

"Besides that the law and order is also our responsibility, so we have decided that we will not allow release of movie "Padmavati" in Gujarat", he said.

Rights activists have reacted strongly to the threats and urged the government to take action.

"It's time for our honourable Prime Minister to say "enough is enough". The central government has yet to react, however.

Indian politician Suraj Pal Amu, who earlier offered a $1.5m (£1.1m) bounty on Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone's head, has now threatened to torch every movie theatre in the country.

"Where have we reached as a nation?"

According to the official website of the British Board Of Film Classification (BBFC), "Padmavati" will be released "uncut" in the UK.

Padmavati has been marred in controversies since its shooting started. Opponents of the movie stormed the filming of one scene and destroyed the film sets.

After a string of threats over her portrayal of the 13th century queen Padmavati in Bhansali's magnum opus, the Karnataka government has stepped up security cover to her as well as her family in Bengaluru.

"By letting loose and giving [a] sense of impunity to the goons of the ruling party or people who're connected or close to the ruling party, we're paving the ground for much bigger and [worse] things to happen in the near future", Naulakha told VOA. SC had earlier dismissed petitions seeking ban on the film, making it clear that it wants the censor board to come to an independent and considered decision on certifying the movie.