In what may be termed as a major setback to the fundamental right of freedom of speech and a biggest one to the Bollywood Film Industry, the release of Padmavati has been voluntarily deferred amidst threats of burning Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone alive by Karni Sena. The threats are so serious that 10 crores have been offered by various politicians and activist groups to those who would burn the actress and director alive.
In a press statement, the Viacom Spokesperson said
“The studio has voluntarily deferred the release date of Padmavati from 1 December, 2017. Along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, amongst the most gifted film makers of his generation, Viacom18 Motion Pictures has created a beautiful cinematic masterpiece in Padmavati that captures Rajput valor, dignity and tradition in all its glory. The film is an eloquent portrayal of a tale that will fill every Indian with pride and showcase our country’s story-telling prowess across the globe. We are a responsible, law-abiding corporate citizen and have the highest respect and regard for the law of the land and all our institutions and statutory bodies including the Central Board of Film Certification. We always have and are committed to continue following the established procedure and convention. We have faith that we will soon obtain the requisite clearances to release the film. We will announce the revised release date of the film in due course. We stand firm in our commitment to tell endearing tales that resonate with our audiences the world over as we have in the past with our other projects such as Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Queen, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and many more.”
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The film and the director was embroiled in controversies because few scenes and sequences were hurtful to the sentiments of the Rajput community, in particular the maker’s supposed inappropriate portrayal of Queen Padmini of Chittorgarh.
Padmavati stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles. It also stars Aditi Rao Hydari and Jim Sarbh as part of the supporting cast and is made on a budget of 180 – 190 Crores.
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