Recently facing heat for his upcoming period film Padmavati, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali got the support of the Indian Film and Television Directors' Association (IFTDA).
IFTDA today made an appeal to the Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani and Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Members of IFTDA, Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA), Western India Cinematographers Association (WICA), Screenwriters Association (SWA) and Association of Cine and Television Art Directors & Costume Designers came together to hold a press meet today.
IFTDA president Ashoke Pandit told Mumbai Mirror, "Five bodies are coming together to make an appeal for freedom of expression for filmmakers. The industry is shocked and we are hurt that a filmmaker like Sanjay Leela Bhansali is being heckled and abused. Bhansali symbolises success of our film industry in many ways, and if he can be treated like this and harassed, things are not right."
He added that they are making an appeal to the ministers to understand the situation and take a note of the controversy and uphold the freedom of filmmakers. "Nobody has seen the film, yet people are making assumptions and attacking and abusing Bhansali. Similar controversy happened around Indu Sarkar. What will we do? We can't make films to suit everyone's ego. If someone doesn't want to watch the film, don't watch it. If someone doesn't want it to release, go to court.”
The film, which is slated to release on December 1, is entangled in a controversy as some Hindu groups and political parties, claim that the film distorts history and wrongly portrays Rajput queen Padmavati. Agitated protestors vandalized the sets of Padmavati and abused Bhansali for distorting history in his upcoming film Padmavati. Is this aggression justified even before the release of his film?