Describing the controversy-hit period drama ‘Padmaavat’ as “bakwas” (rubbish), AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi has called on Muslims to take a leaf out of Rajputs’ books who are standing firmly against the film’s release. “The film is ‘bakwas’ and bad…The Muslim community has to learn from Rajputs, who are united in not letting the film release,” the Hyderabad Lok Sabha member had said while addressing a public meeting in Warangal district.
Owaisi also urged Muslims not to waste their time watching the Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed film. “Don’t go. God has not created you to watch a two-hour film,” he said. “Mr (Narendra) Modi (Prime Minister) has formed a 12-member committee for that film; take out what you can…(but) nobody was consulted when law (to end triple talaq) was being made against us.”
Citing freedom of expression and recalling instances of courts refusing to ban works of literature and art, the Supreme Court had on Thursday cleared the decks for the nationwide release of ‘Padmaavat’ by staying notifications of the governments of Rajasthan and Gujarat that barred screening of the film following protests from the Rajput community.
Opposing the film, the Karni Sena alleged that it “distorts historical facts” and “hurts sentiments” of the Rajput community. Padmaavat, earlier titled ‘Padmavati’, has been embroiled in a series of controversies since the early stages of production as the set of the movie was vandalised twice in Jaipur and Kolhapur, while Bhansali was roughed up by members of the Karni Sena last year.