South film actress Gehana Vasisth while speaking to news Tv channel Sahara Samay in an interview on the controversy surrounding the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film Padmavati said that ‘gundagiri is not the solution to any problem’.
“There is a process. The film has not yet been approved by the Censor Board. The Censor Board is the right authority to first review the film and discuss with the makers and decide on the number of cuts. However, some people have taken to the streets and are damaging private and public property without even having seen the film. How can one jumnp to conclusions, without even seeing the film. The film is not even censored. The Censor Board has to still approve it. Yet, there is so much noise about this film, based on hearsay and rumours,” Gehana opined.
Even the Supreme Court has refused to pre-maturely intervene in the dispute. Despite the SC dismissing a petition seeking a ban on the film on November 10, a fresh plea was filed on November 17. While quashing the first petition, the apex court had observed that it cannot intervene in the Central Board of Film Certification’s decision, which had granted certificate to Padmavati.
Meanwhile, Bhansali, in a statement issued over the protests, said, “This movie got embroiled into so many controversies because of some rumour. Rumour is this, in the movie a dream scene has been filmed between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji. I have already rejected this claim and also given a written proof of this. Today again, I am reiterating through this video that in our movie there is no such scene between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji, which would hurt the sentiments of anyone.”
Deepika Padukone, in an interview with The Indian Express, said, “We are extremely proud and confident of the film we have made. When the heart is in the right place, no one can stop a film.” She added, “For how long would the entertainment industry be made a scapegoat for everything that happens in this country? Why attack cinema which is full of love and which brings people together? Why curb people’s freedom of expression? How long can we allow some people to get away with what they have been doing?”
Some Hindu caste groups, mainly the Shri Rajput Karni Sena of Rajasthan, have been vigorously protesting against the movie’s release while some political outfits have demanded that its release be deferred in view of the Gujarat Assembly elections.
Shahid Kapoor, who plays the role of Maharawal Ratan Singh in Padmavati, today broke his silence on the controversy surrounding his film. In Goa to attend the International Film Festival of India 2017, Kapoor said, “I don’t think there is anything in the film that is unacceptable or that is not in good taste. Eventually Padmavati will come out and in full force. Our constitution says that you are innocent until proven guilty. Same should be extended to Padmavati, it should not be considered guilty even before it is provided for people to judge it.”