In an interesting turn of events, Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTA) have come out in support of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. Filmmakers like Sudhir Mishra, Ashoke Pandit, Rahul Rawail amongst others, held a press conference today in Mumbai, where they not only extended support to Padmavati and its team but also shared their plan to ensure that the magnum opus sees a smooth release and no film or filmmaker has to go through these inadvertent and unfortunate events in the future.
Talking at the press conference, Ashoke Pandit said, “We all stand in support of Sanjay Leela Bhansali. All of us from the film fraternity want to request all those ministers to please allow us to make the film we want to make. We can’t be ridiculed, abused, or have demeaning said about us anymore. We are educated, we work hard 24/7, research, and do our work with utmost honestly and we all are as much a nationalist as they are.”
Reiterating the above statement, Sudhir Mishra said, “This is an attack on freedom, the history is ours. You cannot stop the film from releasing.” Rahul Rawail opined that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is responsible and is entitled to tell history, he hasn’t changed it. Padmavati is a chapter from history.
Actor Vikram Gokhale, also President of CINTAA (Cine & TV Artists Association) requested media “to be just” when talking about Padmavati while expressing that private censorship should stop as it is a mockery of democracy. While the press conference was held today, the film fraternity has decided to not stop at this. Talking about the plan for the next few days, Ashoke Pandit shared that they will be writing letters to Smriti Irani, Minister Of Information And Broadcasting, to ensure that Padmavati sees a smooth release.
“People from all the industries of all the crafts will get together outside the gates of Filmcity, Mumbai. It will be out silent protest against what is being said against and done to Padmavati. We have also decided that there will be no shooting between 4-4.15 pm anywhere in the entire city,” said Pandit, revealing that the workers union was also with them in this symbolic support to Padmavati. We hope all these efforts and support pays off and the period film sees the light of day on December 1.