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‘Padmavati’ Row: Shyam Benegal slams the government for its inaction

'Padmavati' Row: Shyam Benegal slams the government for its inaction .

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s highly awaited period drama ‘Padmavati’ is embroiled in a controversy. The film starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh was all set to hit the theaters this December. But owing to the protests and violence, the makers have now postponed the release of the film indefinitely.

The director and the actress are facing threats to their life. Karni Sena who has protesting against the making of the film on the grounds that it distorts Rajput history. They have not only threatened to burn down any theatre screening Padmavati but even claimed that Deepika’s nose should be cut off.

Even members of political parties too are making shocking comments against the film. Suraj Pal Amu, Haryana BJP’s chief media coordinator, said in public yesterday that he’ll offer Rs. 10 crore to anyone who’ll behead director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) too returned the film back to the makers, citing incomplete application. Adding to the woes of the makers.

Reacting to the controversy many members of the entertainment industry have come forward and offered their support to the team of Padmavati. Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal, made his displeasure clear over the government’s inaction. He wondered why the government is silent while people ask for heads publicly and are even offering money for the lives of those who disagree with them. He emphasized that the home department should immediately provide protection to those whose lives are in danger.

In a statement given to The Indian Express, Benegal said, “This is a democracy. People may not agree with what I have to say but I have the right to say it. Will people ask for heads publicly and offer money for the lives of those who disagree with them, and the state will do nothing to prevent it? The Home department and the police should move in immediately and offer protection. That would be the thing to do. When chief ministers and members of government adopt such an approach, what else will the administration do?”

Shyam Benegal also came down heavily on Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje who wrote to Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani and suggested that Padmavati shouldn’t be released without the ‘necessary changes’. Benegal said that the chief minister was adopting an unfair approach to the whole issue.

We shall keep you updated with more on this soon.

Also Read: ‘Padmavati’: Aditi Rao Hydari gets furious, tweets against BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu

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