From its very inception, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s periodic drama Padmavati was mired in controversies. The cast and crew of the film have been in jeopardy since the fringe group Karni Sena and certain politicians resorted to violent threats against them. Speaking out about the incidents, Deepika Paukone expressed that she would like to feel ‘safe and protected.’
Deepika, in an interview with ‘Talking Movies: India Special’ for BBC World News, was asked if she wanted better protection from the government, she replied, “In an ideal world, yes. I think it is too soon to tell. But yes it would be nicer to feel safer or protected at this point.” Lamenting over the protests, Deepika added, “It is hurtful and it is sad. Cinema has the power to bring the people together, to unite people and to spread love. It is disheartening sometimes that people don’t recognise that.” The show will air on Saturday.
Bhansali has been accused of portraying the Rajput queen Rani Padmavati wrongly, which is said to have hurt sentiments of the Rajput community. Though Bhansali has denied any such distortions, there have been a lot of violent threats to the cast and crew. From the Karni Sena threatening to cut Deepika’s nose to Haryana BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu announcing a bounty of 10 crore to behead Deepika and Bhansali, the threats have only intensified over the last few months.
The movie features Deepika as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as her husband and a warrior Raja Rawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh playing the role of Mughal emperor Alauddin Khilji.Padmavati’s release date has been postponed indefinitely from the December 1 release date. The movie still faces objection with many groups wanting to ban the movie.