Why so quiet on ‘Padmavati’, Shatrughan Sinha asks PM Modi, Smriti Irani and Bollywood

The veteran actor, who is the BJP's MP from Patna Sahib, also asked why Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan were quiet on the row over Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: November 22, 2017 3:36 pm
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Actor and BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha today questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani as well as high profile Bollywood stars on their silence over the ‘Padmavati’ controversy.

Sinha has often taken positions contrary to the party’s official stand on issues such as demonetisation. “How come our I and B Minister or our most popular Hon’ble PM (according to PEW) are maintaining stoic silence. High time!” he said on Twitter, referring to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, an American think tank.

The veteran actor, who is the BJP’s MP from Patna Sahib, also asked why Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan were quiet on the row over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film. “As ‘Padmavati’ becomes a burning controversy, people are asking why the legendary Amitabh Bachchan, most versatile Aamir Khan and most popular Shah Rukh Khan have no comments,” Sinha tweeted.

While Shah Rukh starred in Bhansali’s “Devdas”, Bachchan worked with the director in “Black”.

Discussing his own views on the film, which stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, Sinha said he “would and should” speak only after the “great filmmaker, producer S L Bhansali”.

“I speak only when I am spoken to and I will speak keeping in mind the interests of the filmmaker as well as the sensitivity, valour, loyalty of the great Rajputs,” Sinha said.

‘Padmavati’ has been facing the wrath of various Rajput groups and political leaders, who have accused Bhansali of distorting history.

Many groups have been protesting amid rumours that there was a romantic dream sequence between Rajput queen Padmini and Allauddin Khilji.

However, Bhansali said in an appeal that there was no dream sequence and it was all a rumour. Historians are divided on whether Padmini actually existed. She finds mention in the 16th century epic poem “Padmavat”.

Earlier scheduled to arrive in cinema halls on December 1, the release date of the film has been postponed by the makers till further notice.

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  1. Chandu Shah
    Nov 23, 2017 at 5:01 pm
    You do act like a Shatru. Learn to keep your mouth shut you are an I D I O T
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      Prasann Singh
      Nov 23, 2017 at 4:27 pm
      Its shatrughan "Diya bhujne se pehla, ki akhiri lapak ha". He should admit to himself, its already end of his political and Bollywood inning. There is no benefit of barking like stray dog.
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        Sangat Singh
        Nov 23, 2017 at 10:52 am
        Mr. Shotgun, I am a fan of yours but what do you, after all, expect these leaders to say on such an issue? Why not let the Censor Board first decide and, if still in doubt, let a review of the movie be arranged for all the concerned parties before jumping into the bandwagon.
        1. S
          Nov 23, 2017 at 11:28 am
          If Saffron's are protesting on rumours hearsay , civil Society should have been in forefront to raise their voice against these BJP/RSS morons violent protests. M00chiji is the very reason these Saffron's take to Streets , His silent Nod is enough for them to burn and destruct.Amitabhji is afraid as ever, Amir had already burnt His fingers before.
        2. S
          Nov 23, 2017 at 10:42 am
          There is a pattern in Sanjay Bansali's films all are distortions based on historical figures. These distortions are claimed to be artistic freedom. The targets seems to be Rajputs - just denigrate them. Example: Jodha Akbar, Bajirao Mastani, Padmavati,....
          1. V
            Nov 23, 2017 at 10:39 am
            Hey Shatrugan, please don't behave like a Shatru!! Why didn't you speak up when Madhur Bhandarkar movie India Sarkar had opposition and there was an issue. People understand hypocrisy of people like you.
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