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Sidharth Malhotra on Padmavati row: Unfair to comment on a film without watching it

Sidharth Malhotra was asked about his take on the Padmavati controversy, he says it is unfair to comment on a film without watching. Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus releases on December 1.

Written by Priyanka Sharma | Mumbai | Updated: November 15, 2017 1:29 pm
Sidharth Malhotra on Padmavati Deepika PAdukone controversy Sidharth Malhotra joins the group of actors to support Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati!

Sidharth Malhotra is the latest celebrity to condemn the opposition to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming epic Padmavati. The actor said that people should not be judgmental about a film without watching it.

Padmavati, based on the legend of Rani Padmini, has been marred by controversies since January after a Rajput group slapped director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and vandalised the film’s set for they believed that the director was distorting history. Various sections of the community have raised objection to the film, demanding its ban and as the Deepika Padukone starrer nears its release (on December 1), the opposing voices have only gained fervor.

At an event in the city on Tuesday evening, Sidharth Malhotra was asked about his take on the controversy, to which he replied, “As a part of an industry, as an actor… a lot of hard work goes into making a film. Also, I feel to give credit to the filmmaker, if you see the kind of movies Sanjay Leela Bhansali has made, they are respectful, artistic and have nothing offensive about them. So, I feel it is unfair that you comment on a film without watching it. Only censor board has that right (to comment on a film). As an industry, we are hoping the film gets a good release and people are able to watch the film and then decide.”

Many other celebrities like Salman Khan, Farhan Akhtar and Sudhir Mishra criticised the violence that the film has been subjected to. The latest development is that the film’s producers, Viacom 18 and Bhansali Productions, have agreed to screen the movie for a Rajput delegate before the release.

Padmavati also stars Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.

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  1. N
    Nov 17, 2017 at 12:37 am
    Poor sid, wish he could stand up for himself. He is only seen around men and older women. Its frightening to see his look sometimes. He can really call out the male and female weinsteins in bollywood.
    1. R
      Raj V
      Nov 15, 2017 at 12:13 pm
      When one films on popular historical characters, better to avoid imagination. In india, one should expect this. .e.g. film Viswaroopam and Kamal hassan India has maximum liberty, where loud speakers are used without any kind of deterrence throughout the day.
      1. Pankaj Kumar
        Nov 15, 2017 at 11:26 am
        Dear readers, SLB is using emotions of Rajputs for his own benefits. Rajput community will never allow him to do so. If SLB is so curious about history why not he makes film on Prophet Md or Jesus??