Prakash Raj’s tweet about Padmavati, Nude and S Durga raises the question of intolerance

Prakash Raj tweeted in support Padmavati, Nude and S Durga. The veteran actor questioned the way these films are being treated by various organisations in the country.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: November 16, 2017 7:06 pm
Nude, S Durga and Padmavati are embroiled in controversies. Prakash Raj tweeted about the ongoing controversy regarding Padmavati, Nude and S Durga.

Prakash Raj joins the list of celebrities who have now come out in support of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati. In a Twitter post, the veteran actor questioned the way Padmavati, Nude and S Durga are being treated in the country. His post says:

To whomsoever it may concern

One wants to cut a nose..one wants to behead an artist..
One wants to shoot an actor down… and the system wants to remove certain films from a film festival in spite of being selected by a jury
And you want us to believe that there are no acts of intolerance ..?
silencing voices.. ?terrorizing ..?…..#justasking

The protests around Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film Padmavati have escalated to new heights. After signing letters with blood and threatening to chop off an actor’s nose, the religious-political organisations have made it a point to seek a ban on the film. Even though the director is ready to screen his film for anyone after obtaining the CBFC certificate, the protesters only seek a ban on the film.

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But this isn’t the only film that is facing controversies right now. Ravi Jadhav’s Marathi film Nude and Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Malayalam film S Durga were dropped by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry from the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI). These films were selected by a 13-member jury and were scheduled to be screened under the India Panorama Section.

 

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The ongoing scenario around these three films have raised a lot of questions on the way art and culture is protected and promoted in our country. While Padmavati is yet to receive its CFBC certificate, Nude and S Durga were dropped because the ministry intervened and did not even consult the festival jury before doing so.

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    Mahadevan
    Nov 17, 2017 at 1:55 pm
    Prakash raj should be ashamed, talking nonsense. If someone will make a nude painting of someones's mother and tell it is freedom of speech, is this the freedom of speech. THIS is such nonsense, sitting in air conditioned rooms and talking nonsense, u have disregard for the sentiments of people. Making objectionable films and talking rubbish about somebody's traditions , spitting upon the sentiments of a particular community in the name of freedom of speech. He should remember it is not a communist ruled country. Lastly it is not the sangh parivaar that has ruined the country, but it is this om appea t politics, insulting the majority community spitting on them and making a mockery of their customs in the name of freedom of speech will not be tolerated,. The actor should join cpm or congress.
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      Navin
      Nov 17, 2017 at 9:26 am
      One wants to cut a nose..one wants to behead an artist.. One wants to shoot an actor down....................AND ONE HAS ALREADY KILLED 8-10 BJP LEADERS in our country with the help ISI............where where you then congi slave??? licking sht of sonia?
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        Pravin
        Nov 17, 2017 at 12:50 pm
        Violence begets violence.
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        Pravin
        Nov 17, 2017 at 7:36 am
        This is the beauty of our country. Free speech. This is not Saudi Arabia!!! Even Saudi is realising this now changing and here we are going backwards. We need to be 'selectively' progressive. When I say selectively - we cannot allow promotion of debauchery in the name of films, video's, art etc. - absolutely NO! Just imagine the film with a name 'Nude'. That is pure sensationalism. I dont like art/films corrupting minds - specially young ones. And then condoning acts of immorality violence just smacks of hypocrisy. At the end of it, I agree with Prakash on the attempt of this regime to silence voices through violence and money, terrroise using power. I dont agree where expression in media goes to pollute and corrupt minds.
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          Jay
          Nov 17, 2017 at 8:02 am
          You contradict yourself as you are confused. Your christian white supremacist naazi fasciat rapist slave owner of brown converts like you is telling you to spread hate against Hindus and India. But since your forefathers were Indians and come from hindu secular cultural rich India you are not able to openly spread hate. So you say India has free speech. But then you spread hate and fear about this regime using power to silence. So which one is true. Are you silent or are you using your freedom of speech to spread hate against Hindus?
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            Pravin
            Nov 17, 2017 at 12:49 pm
            I am not confused. You are confused and pretending to be blind. How come this person who has not spoken in the past, is speaking now? who said cong-mukt bharat? what do you call that? love? pure hate. This regime is repressive, more corrupt than UPA, and hate mongers. It will not last long.
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          CBA
          Nov 17, 2017 at 6:45 am
          The stupid Prokash Raj must be kicked out from India and sent to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to enjoy the freedom of expression.
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            Pravin
            Nov 17, 2017 at 12:51 pm
            I am sure you are from Harayana. :)
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            SP
            Nov 17, 2017 at 6:00 am
            What is wrong with this joker? Looks like new model of Pappu. But why has he such a short fuse?
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