Padmavati row: Know what Bollywood filmmakers say about the whole issue

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As we all know that Padmavati’s controversy is burning fire day by day, we will let you know what Bollywood filmmakers have to say on this issue. The lead actor Deepika Padukone and directed Sanjay Leela Bhansali have received many death threats from various fringe groups for allegedly distorting with the historical facts in their film on Rani Padmini.

It was recently reported that a Thakur leader in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, had offered Rs 5 crore bounty for beheading Deepika or Bhansali. These fringe groups not only promoted goondaism but also slapped Bhansali on the sets of the film. However, the director later cleared in a video that he uploaded on social media that he promised “in our film, they have no such scene together which hurts anyone’s sentiments”. But nothing happened well for the film yet and as a result, the filmmakers had to postpone the film release for an unspecified time.

It is quite common that the whole industry feels threatened due to such events. The Bollywood ace filmmaker Aanand L Rai said, “This is something that stays inside and kills the creative person within you. It’s going to be there with you for a longer time and affects at least four-five stories that you have in your mind, for the next couple of years. This shouldn’t happen to any creative person.” Adding to the list of filmmakers who were hurt due to the Padmavati row, filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia said that “This is not happening for the first time — it’s discouraging for any artist. Filmmakers and artists don’t feel secure at all, [and since] the government is not saying anything, we feel unsafe, which is not a good trend. [Such behavior] shouldn’t be encouraged by any party. Artists have always been at the gunpoint in history, and questioned authority”.

The director of Dear Zindagi, Gauri Shinde, who had to face many issues last year for having Pakistani actor (Ali Zafar) in her film, said that “Anything and everything can go wrong today. To live in fear has become the norm, rather than an exception. Filmmaking is a big game, with huge investments of time, money, and energy. Till the film actually hits the theatres, kuchh bhi ho sakta hai! [Now] there’s no sense of security”. The director Madhur Bhandarkar said that “People get emotional when it comes to politics and history. [While making a film] there’s so much at stake. The kind of money put in by technicians and filmmakers is huge. We are creative people, so I hope this controversy becomes a triumph for Bhansali”.

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