New Delhi, Nov 21: Adding fuel to the raging controversy over Deepika Padukone-starrer movie Padmavati, former Uttar Pradesh Minister and Senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Tuesday described Muslims as ‘large-hearted’ who are aware that a film can’t ruin their history.Also Read - Sportsmen And Their Alleged Bollywood Affairs: From Yuvraj-Deepika to Hardik-Parineeti | Watch Video
Speaking at an event in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, Azam Khan said facts were distorted in the movie Mughal-e-Azam too but the Muslims never objected to it. Also Read - Deepika Padukone Recalls Battling Depression And How Her Mother Realised 'The Crying Wasn't Usual'
“There is objection over story of a film. Famous film Mughal-e-Azam showed Anarkali as Saleem’s mehbooba (lover), but in reality there was no such thing. Muslims never objected because it is a story. Muslims are large-hearted… they know a film can’t ruin their history,” the outspoken leader said. Also Read - Fighter Starring Deepika Padukone, Hrithik Roshan Goes on Floor, Netizens Can't Control Happiness
Padmavati Controversy: Full Coverage
With his remark Azam Khan has joined a long list of politician who have voiced their objection over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film. While Bhansali has repeatedly claimed there has been no distortion of historical facts in the movie, Rajput organisations like the Karni Sena have been protesting across the country claiming that there are objectionable scenes in the movie between Padmavati, played by Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, who portrays that character of Alauddin Khilji.
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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also joined the chorus hitting out at Sanjay Leela Bhansali for hurting the sentiments of people. Adityanath said that if those threatening actors of the film (Padmavati) are guilty, then the director himself is no less guilty.
“No one has the right to take law into own hands whether it is Sanjay Leela Bhansali or anyone else,” the Uttar Pradesh CM said on Monday. The Adityanath government has already written to Information and Broadcasting Ministry that there will be law and order issues in the state if Padmavati was allowed to release.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan
While the Supreme Court refused to entertain a petition asking to ban Padmavati, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan delivered his own verdict over the controversy-hit movie. Chouhan said the movie won’t be allowed to be shown in cinema halls in his state unless the alleged objectionable scenes are removed. (Also Read: Supreme Court Says Can’t Ban Movie, Politicians Declare Their Own Verdict)
“Etihaisik tathyon se khilwaad kar agar Padmavati ji ke samman ke khilaaf film mein drishya dikhaye gaye hain, uss film ka pradharshan Madhya Pradesh ki dharti par nahi hoga (The film will not be allowed to be released in Madhya Pradesh if it there is any distortion of fact or Padmavatiji is shown in bad light),” Chouhan had said.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has also backed protests against Padmavati, saying that the Rajput community is right in protesting against the movie. “Anything that is historical event… no one will object. But here they are distorting history. I have also gone to Chittor and returned and seen all things there… So, this is distortion of history and no one will accept it. And if communities are objecting to it then it is their right to object,” Amarinder Singh said.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has also raised concerns over the movie, which was scheduled to release in December 1. Raje wrote to Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani asking her to stay the movie’s release. (Also Read: FIR Against BJP Leader Suraj Pal Amu For Offering Rs 10 Crore to Behead Deepika Padukone, Sanjay Leela Bhansali)
Thawar Chand Gehlot
Union Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot has asked the Censor Board to delete “objectionable” scenes from the movie, adding that “Anger is palpable in the country over this movie. History is distorted to enact filmy scenes, which should be taken seriously by the Censor board.”
There are also leaders who have spoken in support of the movie which is based on the life of 13 Century Rajput queen Padmavati.
Without naming the BJP, the West Bengal CM described the protests surrounding the movie as the ruling party’s strategy to “destroy the freedom of expression”.
“The Padmavati controversy is not only unfortunate but also a calculated plan of a political party to destroy the freedom to express ourselves. We condemn this super emergency. All in the film industry must come together and protest in one voice,” Mamata Banerjee tweeted from her official Twitter handle.
Padmavati has been surrounded in controversy since beginining of its shoot. The set of the movie was vandalised twice – in Jaipur and Kolhapur – and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was roughed up by members of Karni Sena during the Jaipur schedule of the film earlier this year.