Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s directorial Padmavati has been on the radar of Rajput communities, fringe outfits, and political parties. With Padmavati row getting difficult by the day, the latest news confirmed that a delay in the release of the film. The film will not hit the screens on December 1 anymore.
The release has been deferred until further notice. Bollywood’s silence over the Padmavati controversy during the last few months has been telling. Most of the film industry’s actors and filmmakers have chosen to not comment about the protests and ridiculous demand to ban the film.
Padmavati has been at the center of a massive political storm for nearly a year now, with the protests reaching an all-time high in the last few weeks. Rallying behind the Shri Rajput Karni Sena, a Hindu fringe outfit, several groups have announced their displeasure with the film, beginning with name-calling to announcing bounties on the director’s and lead actor’s heads.
A few days ago, a member of the Kshatriya Samaj in Meerut announced a reward of Rs 5 crore to the person who could behead filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actor Deepika Padukone, who plays the eponymous character in Padmavati. Haryana BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu was today booked by the Gurgaon Police for supporting the Kshatriya Samaj youth who announced the 5-crore bounty.
Now, in the latest development, a buzz has it that the All India Kshatriya Mahasabha group wanted Baahubali 2 fame actor Prabhas to speak against Padmavati and, the alleged distortion of history that the several groups have taken offense to.
Reports say that the group tried their best to get the Baahubali star to offer his point of view on the Padmavati controversy, on air. The move, reports state, would have resulted in their TRPs shooting through the roof. But the actor decided to stay out of this raging debate.
Prabhas, who is a Kshatriya, was apparently advised by his uncle Krishnam Raju to keep out of the controversy. Raju felt that whatever Prabhas would say on the debate would work against him, say reports. Thus, the 38-year-old actor decided to stay out of this intense debate.
Padmavati is seeing unbelievable protests all over the country, from Rajasthan to Karnataka, through Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab have all spoken out against the film, while West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee compared the Padmavati row to ‘super emergency’.
Meanwhile, Ranveer Singh, who plays the role of Alauddin Khalji in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati, has stated that he is 200 percent in support of the film. The actor added that looking at the current situation, he has been specifically asked to be silent on the issue.