While the entire film fraternity including the likes of Salman Khan, Farhan Akhtar, Sidharth Malhotra, Karan Johar and others has its own say on the controversy around Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama Padmavati starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, Newton actor Rajkummar Rao doesn’t want people to talk about it at all. Not that the actor is insensitive towards creative freedom of filmmakers being attacked but he doesn’t want to serve those who are purposely attacking the film to create controversy.
Padmavati, a period drama based on the life of 13th-century queen Rani Padmini, has been in the eye of the storm because of a rumour about a dream sequence between Rani Padmini played by Deepika and Allaudin Khilji (Ranveer Singh). Also, the filmmaker has been accused of distorting historical facts and hurting the religious sentiments of people. But Bhansali has made it loud and clear that he hasn’t twisted history.
Rajkummar, who was in the national capital on Wednesday to promote his upcoming web-series Bose Dead Alive, told indianexpress.com that a lot has been said and written about the controversies surrounding Padmavati and now he would not comment on it further. As we prodded the actor, he clarified, “More we talk about it, the more mileage we are giving to those people who want this. People who are creating violence, who haven’t even watched the movie and are unaware of its content are creating ruckus only to get attention. And, by talking about it, we are serving their motive. I think all of it should be left to the law and we as filmmakers should continue making films without worrying about controversies.”
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta who has collaborated with Rajkummar for the fifth time in Bose Dead Alive after films like Citylights, Aligarh, Shahid and Omerta shared a similar opinion as the actor. “All those people who are making this noise are yet to see Padmavati as it hasn’t released in the theaters. And this noise happens when there is ignorance and people are not aware. I think when people will watch this story only then they will realise its value,” opined the director.
Padmavati is slated to release on December 1 and the Shri Rajput Karni Sena has called for a nationwide bandh on the same day in protest against the film.