Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said those who have threatened “Padmavati” director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actress Deepika Padukone are wrong. Adityanath said the Uttar Pradesh government had already presented its views to the censor board and Central government. “Those who have threatened to behead Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali are wrong,” Adityanath said.
But he didn’t stop at that. Adityanath also said that Bhansali should respect the sentiments of people protesting against the film. “Bhansali has no right to play with the emotions of people. If people are protesting, he should respect their sentiments,” he said.
“Padmavati” was scheduled to hit the theatres on December 1 but it has been mired in controversy over conjectures that it distorts history about Rajput queen Padmavati. Its release has been deferred and a new date is to yet to be announced.
Meanwhile, a Haryana BJP leader was booked on Tuesday for threatening to behead Bollywood filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actress Deepika Padukone over their movie “Padmavati” and for standing firm by his announcement of a Rs 10 crore reward for it. The Haryana BJP’s chief media coordinator Kunwar Surajpal Singh Ammu was booked under Section 506 (criminal intimidation) of Indian Penal Code at Gurugram’s Sector 29 police station on the complaint by a fan of Deepika and Bhansali.
Complainant Pawan Kumar, a resident of Gurugram’s Chakkarpur village, said in his complaint that his “feelings were badly hurt” by Ammu’s statement. “I saw Ammu announcing Rs 10 crore reward for beheading film actress Padukone and filmmaker Bhansali. He has threatened both of dire consequences. Life of Padukone and Bhansali were in danger. Please take action against Ammu,” Kumar said in his complaint.
On the other hand, Ammu on Tuesday dared Haryana Police to arrest him. He said he stood firmly by his statement whether he remained in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or not. Ammu said he gave the statement as a “Rajput” and not as an office-bearer of the party. Ammu said he had doubled the bounty on the heads of Deepika and Bhansali to Rs 10 crore. Ammu also issued a threat to break the legs of actor Ranveer Singh.
Not for ban or those who want it: Amarinder clarifies stand
Rejecting suggestions of supporting a ban on the movie ‘Padmavati’, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday decried attempts by some vested interests to misinterpret his statement on the issue. The Chief Minister said that he had neither supported a ban on the movie nor backed those issuing threats to the actors and crew of Padmavati.
“How can I seek or support a ban on the movie when I have not even watched it,” asked Amarinder, refuting the unfounded conclusions that had been drawn from his statement made on Monday in which he had said if there had been any attempt to distort history, then protests against the same were justified.
“Nobody can be denied the right to disagree with others and protest peacefully in a civilised and democratic system, but nobody (neither an individual nor an organisation) has the right to threatens someone with whom he/she does not agree on any issue,” said the Chief Minister. “I totally condemn all people who are issuing threats and expect the law to take its course against them,” he said, adding that any attempt to vitiate the country’s peace and disturb its harmony needs to be dealt with effectively.
Ranveer plays the role of Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji in the movie, which is about the valour of Rajput queen Padmavati. Ammu said: “We do not want to take law in our hands but will not forgive anyone who tries to spoil the image of Rajput kings and queens.Padukone is just like our daughter and she must stay away from playing roles like the one she played in Padmavati.”
If Film Padmavati can be Shown to TV anchors, Mr SL Bhansali can show it to the descendants of Maharani Padmini ji #Padmavati
— Rajput World News (@RajputWorldNews) November 19, 2017
Missing those days when if I wanted to watch a movie, the only row that I had to worry about was the one my seat was in.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) November 19, 2017
I’m a Rajput. I don’t know what the fuss is all about surrounding the movie, Padmavati. I think people really need to stop getting offended on petty things and focus on things that really matter like unemployment, casteism, corruption,etc.
PS : This is NO fight! #PadmavatiFight
— Abhishek Pratap (@Abhi5hekk) November 19, 2017
#Bollywood has to wake up and start building a stronger lobby. Otherwise every samaj/group will protest against every other movie. This is just the beginning and it will destroy freedom of expression as we know it#padmavati #padmavatifight
— Palash Bakshi (@ppbakshi) November 19, 2017
What rubbish karni sena doing ….I am Rajput and one of my journlist friend watched #Padmavati and he said this is greatest ever tribute to Rajput pride . So i am supporting Padmavati film👍#padmavatifight
— Aakash singh (@IamSinghAakash) November 19, 2017
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