After attracting unwanted controversy, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati seems to be the hot topic of the nation. By the looks of it, it seems the movie will dominate news reels till its release. While it has found a lot of support from the film industry, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu too spoke against the violent threats on Saturday. Without being explicit, he was definitely alluding to the threats made by the Karni Sena and a BJP politicians to Deepika Padukone and Bhansali.
At the Times Literary Festival, held in Delhi, Naidu spoke against the violent threats that were recently being made. He said, “Whether these fellows have that much money or not, I doubt. Everyone is announcing Rs one crore reward. Is it so easy to have Rs one crore? This is not acceptable in a democracy. You have the right to protest in a democratic manner, go to the appropriate authorities. You cannot physically obstruct and can't give violent threats. Let us not undermine the rule of law."
While he did not mention any particular film and spoke in general, Naidu also dropped a few names of previously-banned movies such as Garam Hawa, Kissa Kursi Ka and Aandhi.
He also acknowledged that the movie has hurt religious sentiments and condemned such behavior as well. He said, “We need to respect the sentiments of the common people. We cannot say that outrage by one community is right and another is wrong."
He continued to iterate that selective condemnation could not be condoned as no one had the right to hurt sentiments adding that freedom of expression was welcome, however, not at the cost of hurting religious sentiments.