Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s directorial has been on the radar of Rajput communities, fringe outfits, and political parties, but the period drama has found support in Bollywood. With Padmavati row getting difficult by the day, the latest news suggests a delay in the release of the film. The film will not hit the screens on December 1 anymore.
Padmavati has been facing constant opposition in the form of violence and threats from members of Rajput Karni Sena ever since they disrupted the shoot of the film in Jaipur earlier this year.
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.
But, the veteran actor Nana Patekar, who had attended the 48th International Film Festival of India in Goa, has shared his views on the Padmavati row. He further urged the protesters to first watch the film, and not protest without even seeing what is there in the film.
Nana Patekar said, “See everybody has their own version to tell in this controversy. Prasoon (Joshi) says that the film was shown before it could be censored, Bhansali has a different version. Till the film is not released, how will we know what is shown in it? I can understand if people protest after watching the film. But here we haven’t even watched the film.”
The actor also reacted on how some extremist groups have threatened Deepika Padukone and other actors of the film.
He said, “Their language has been inappropriate, and I hope nothing like this happens. See, everybody takes creative liberties when it comes to making a film. People can get offended by it or not, but it is my responsibility as a filmmaker that I don’t hurt anybody’s sentiments. But here, commenting on the film, or objecting to the story without watching the film is totally wrong. We don’t know what is in the film, there was the same controversy during Bajirao (Mastani). It is a film, people might like it or not like it.”
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He then stressed the fact that no one has the right to attack anyone. “I can never think of hitting/killing someone in my life. If I have something to say, I will say it, but the way I say it will be different. Violence is not the right thing. If I am not violent, it doesn’t mean I am fearful, but I can’t attack someone as I can’t give life to someone. So, I don’t have the right to hit/kill anyone either,” said Patekar Ji.
When asked if he feels that people attacking the actors and opposing the film should be arrested, the actor said, “What has to happen according to the law, should happen. I am sure the law will make sure of their (filmmakers and actors) safety. No one is bigger than the judiciary in our country. We can freely move around and work is because of the judiciary system.”
“Let the film release. If you like it, it will do very well, and if it is ‘bakwaas’ (bad) then it won’t do well. It is as simple as that. I just think the protesters should wait for a little bit. Watch the film, and then react. And if they think there is something objectionable in the film, they can talk about it later,” Nana Patekar concluded.