There seems to be no dearth of controversy for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati as the film comes close to its release date. While industry stalwarts raise their voice against rampant forces pressurizing the film to be censored, the strength of aggression against the film is only gaining momentum. In a recent act of vandalism by right wing group Karni Sena, a theatre in Rajasthan was attacked for screening the trailer of the movie.
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Video captured by a news agency showed the barbarity of the workers as they shattered glass panes and destroyed property of Aakash Mall in Kota. Shops in the mall also fell prey to their furor while the ticketing booth was attacked. Eight people have been arrested on count of this violence.
While this was an indirect attack at the film, the crew itself had previously been attacked while shooting in Rajasthan. Even Bhansali himself was thrashed by the workers followed by damage to equipment.
Lead actress Deepika Padukone in the meantime has condemned the attack and rightfully said that the film is answerable only to the Censor board and not self-styled protectors of Rajput pride. "It's appalling, it's absolutely appalling. What have we gotten ourselves into? And where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed. The only people we are answerable to is the censor board, and I know and I believe that nothing can stop the release of this film,” Deepika told news agency ANI.As tension before the film’s release keeps escalating with no sign of government support for the lone fighting film crew. The other lead of the film, Ranveer Singh thinks there is no point in fighting or raising your voice against baseless allegation curtailing an artist’s expression. He instead posted a Spiderman meme saying ‘Imma Chill’ on Instagram without establishing any direct link to Padmavati on the post.
While Ranveer may try to make a joke out of the tensed situation, Deepika is fast shedding her docile Bollywood heroine image to protect her work.