Padmavati row: Film fraternity stands in support, urges government to step in

Members of the film and entertainment industry gathered in Mumbai on Sunday to express their support to Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.

By: IANS | Mumbai | Published: November 27, 2017 3:24 pm
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A large number of members of the film and entertainment industry gathered in Mumbai on Sunday to express their support to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming Padmavati, and question the status of freedom of speech and expression in India’s democracy when a caste group like the Karni Sena could constantly threaten the filmmakers and travel nationwide to stop its release.

The protest started with the National Anthem in the memory of the victims of 26/11 terrorist attack as Sunday was its 9th anniversary.

Addressing the protesters and media, Ashoke Pandit of the Indian Films and TV Directors’ Association (IFTDA) said, “We, all the members of the film industry, are sensible enough to portray our history and culture in a sensible way; and it is the basic right to all the citizen of a democratic country to express thoughts freely. How could some non-constitutional bodies threaten to behead a filmmaker and cut the nose of an actress? Is this even democracy?”

“Even we want to see how they could show such audacity! Such threats crate questions on the livelihood of those junior artistes, carpenters, lightmen among many others who work on the set of big films like Padmavati. Therefore I would like to urge the government to step in to control the situation and protect our right to freedom.”

Various union groups like the Movie Stunt Artistes’ Association, the Mahila Kalakar Sangh, the Junior Aristes’ Association among many others were present there at the main entrance of Film City where all the union members put off the lights on sets and stopped shooting as a symbol of solidarity with Padmavati.

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Himanshu Bhatt, Secretary of Association of Voice Artistes, said, “I know Sanjay for years now, because we started working together as professionals from his debut film Khamoshi and continued working till Devdas. Surely I know his artistic sensibilities better than people who are protesting against Padmavati… who did not even watch a single frame of the film.”

“I don’t believe he would project any character or culture in such an insensitive manner to hurt anyone. We have the CBFC to decide what film is suitable for public view. Those groups (like Karni Sena) cannot just attack our basic right to freedom of expression. Let the film release and the criticize or appreciate in a civilized manner,” he said.

Veteran actor Pawan Malhotra, who was also present, said the situation was alarming for the nation, going beyond the film’s release. “The way a series of incidents regarding the release of Padmavati is happening is worrisome because we are living in a country where our freedom of expression is controlled by a group of people.”

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“They decide all the norms – what to wear, what to eat, how to celebrate a festival, what are the subject a filmmaker can film on … the list is never ending! I ask them, Why? How come they overpower the right of the CBFC to decide on a film? How come they overpower the Constitution of India to decide on our basic right to freedom?”

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    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:14 am
    Jawaharlal Nehru in 1940s : Said Rani Padmavati is a local poem made now a day and it fakes the actual Truth. PLEASE GUYS READ THE HISTORY OF 1200 AND 1300, NOT THE SANGHI’S MADE HISTORY OF AND FROM 1900.
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      Nov 28, 2017 at 7:12 am
      The Authentic True History Of Padmavati: Written on Date 1210, 1220 and 1300 AD. It clearly states that Padmavati was a simple woman like many other women’s and wife of Raja Ratan Sen of Rajput. The Historian’s written in those day of Rajput, Brshman’s and Muslim's doesn’t describe about her extraordinary beautifulness neither her superiority beauty. There was problem territory between Chittor King Raja Ratan Sen (husband of Padmavati) and neighbour Kumbalner regior King Raja Devpal. The Problem led to combat between these two nearby Territories of Chiior and Kumbalner due to which Chittor regime Raja Ratan Sen was defeated and killed along with his many soldiers by Kumbalner Raja Devpal with his Army. so Chittor was occupied under Devpal magistrate. In Rajputs its very old sacred practice of Sati of woman on terms of her husband have been dead or killed. Therefore, Rajput Sacred Sati was practiced on all the women’s whose Husband were Killed in that combat due to which Rani Padmavati
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        Nov 28, 2017 at 7:11 am
        After few months, Alaudin Khalji needed to expand his territory to Rajasthan, Gujarat and some places of Present Maharashtra. The Historian of 1297 states: Alaudin Khalji not only concurred/occupied Chittor but also Ranthambore, Chanderi, Dhar, Ujjain and Mewar in that same month of time and it wasn’t due to Padmavati. Confirmed. Alaudin Khalji Territorial expansion was friendlier, where he used to give a friendlier hand written letter to all the expansion regions kings to come under the regime of Mughal Sultane and enjoy their unity and correlation under one Kingdome. Some offered hands in hands happily, while some Fighted with him, of one such combat was Kumbalner Chittor Raja Devpal and Alaudin. But in 1900 the store of Alaudin was faked and written as present Padmavati to degrade the Mughal King by Sanghi. In 1900, then Hindu sanghi historian faked and written a new story of Beautiful Rani Pandmavati and affairs Mughal King Alaudin Khilji …..
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          Nov 28, 2017 at 7:11 am
          In 1900, then Hindu sanghi historian faked and written a new story of Beautiful Rani Pandmavati and affairs Mughal King Alaudin ….. This was famous epics that time, the Fake Rani Padmavati was popularize in journals and Story Books. Then in 1980, the rise of sanghi: made Rani Padmavati serials and movie too ,… the same mith followed now by sanghi make another movie of Padmavati to degrade Mughals. Jawaharlal Nehru in 1940s : Said Rani Padmavati is a local poem made now a day and it fakes the actual Truth. PLEASE GUYS READ THE HISTORY OF 1200 AND 1300, NOT THE SANGHI’S MADE HISTORY OF AND FROM 1900.
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            Nov 28, 2017 at 7:10 am
            In 1900, then Hindu sanghi historian faked and written a new story of Beautiful Rani Pandmavati and affairs Mughal King Alaudin ….. This was famous epics that time, the Fake Rani Padmavati was popularize in journals and Story Books. Then in 1980, the rise of sanghi: made Rani Padmavati serials and movie too ,… the same mith followed now by sanghi make another movie of Padmavati to degrade Mughals. Jawaharlal Nehru in 1940s : Said Rani Padmavati is a local poem made now a day and it fakes the actual Truth. PLEASE GUYS READ THE HISTORY OF 1200 AND 1300, NOT THE SANGHI’S MADE HISTORY OF AND FROM 1900.
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