The controversies surrounding the release of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film ‘Padmavati’ took an ugly turn on November 24, 2017, after a dead body of a man was found hanging from Jaipur’s Nahargarh Fort. What lent an aura of untold trauma to the entire case was the line scribbled to the wall next to the body. It was written, “Padmavati ka virodh”. The threat does not end here as the rock next to the dead body bore further warning – “Hum sirf putle nahin latakte hai.” (We don’t just burn effigies.)
Needless to say, this news upset the entire Bollywood fraternity to a great deal, with many people even raising their voice against what seems like the death of freedom of expression and entertainment. The horror of the incident caught the attention of even Alia Bhatt, who lashed out against the establishment for not doing anything against the perpetrators of such criminal activities, such as threatening to kill someone.
This is what happens when violent threats are allowed to made openly without punishment! What is happening? Shocked! https://t.co/hZw2EXyuij
— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) November 24, 2017
It is to be remembered that the Rajput Karni Sena had issued death warnings to Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone, promising to behead them if the film sees the light of the day. The film was supposed to be released on December 1, but it has been stalled owing to certification issues with the central censor board.
Recently, actress Shraddha Kapoor also issued a brief statement on the ‘Padmavati’ row, terming it as a “saddening” and “unfortunate” incident:
I think it’s very, very unfortunate. It is very saddening what’s happening and it’s unfortunate. This is what I want to say.
It can be recalled that the violence surrounding ‘Padmavati’ had sparked even during the filming process of the movie. The film sets in Jaipur were vandalized by the Karni Sena activists, with Bhansali being physically assaulted. The controversy sparked after reports of an alleged romantic sequence between Rani Padmini and invader Alauddin Khilji started doing rounds. These reports were, however, vehemently denied by the crew and the director himself.
What do you think about the ‘Padmavati’ row? Do you think the controversy surrounding it is being stretched far too wide? Or, do you think the movie should be banned with immediate effect? Please let us know your opinion below in the comments section.