New Delhi, Jan 30: The Hindu Sena has issued a death threat to Bollywood for coming out in support of film maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali. A member of the Hindu Sena was quoted as saying by India Today that if Bollywood unites in support of Bhansali, the Hindu Samaj will not leave it alive.Also Read - Deepika Padukone Begins Shooting for Her Upcoming Movie With Amitabh Bachchan and Prabhas
“If they shoot for Padmavati in Mumbai, we will go break the set in Mumbai too. And if Bollywood unites, we will not leave them too. This is a Hindu nation and we won’t let people demean our culture,” the Hindu Sena member said. Also Read - Deepika Padukone Shares Appreciation Post For Hubby Ranveer Singh: 'Nothing More Attractive Than a Man...'
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Meanwhile, the Hindu Sena has said that they will take action against the member who has issued a death threat. However, the outfit has sought a written explanation from Bhansali on the issue.
This comes amidst raging controversy over Bhansali’s upcoming film Padmavati starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. On Friday, activists of Rajput organisation Shree Rajput Karni Sena misbehaved and assaulted Bhansali as well as the crew of Padmavati. They also damaged some cameras and other equipment, following which Bhansali stopped shooting and decided to return to Mumbai.
Bollywood has come out in support of Bhansali, expressing shock over the attack on Bhansali. “In a state of shock!deeply saddened and disheartened by yesterday’s events!#Padmavati. As Padmavati I can assure you that there is absolutely no distortion of history.#Padmavati. Our only endeavour is & has always been to share with the world the story of this courageous & powerful woman in the purest form there is,” Padukone tweeted after the attack.
Other stars of the film Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh also reacted to the incident on Twitter. “Very very sad. Words do fall short and feel too little to express feelings. Violence is unacceptable. This incident has shocked me. We need to look deep within as a society, as a country, as a people. Where are we headed. Sanjay bhansali is a film maker who the country should be proud of. You will know when u see #padmavati the dignity he brings to it. And my only regret is that I wasn’t by his side when this happened,” said Shahid on Twitter.
Ranveer Singh tweeted, “As a team, we are making ‘Padmavati’ keeping in mind the sensitivities and emotions of the people of Rajasthan and the Rajput community. Sanjay Sir is one of the most accomplished & authentic filmmakers we have in India, & he wont ever do anything to hurt anyone’s feelings. Whats happened is very unfortunate. We hope the people of Rajasthan will understand & empathise with our intentions & give us their support.”
Meanwhile, the rest of Bollywood has also come out in support of the film maker. “It’s appalling to hear what happened to Sanjay Leela Bhansali. I’m so saddened. Violence is not what our forefathers taught us,” Priyanka Chopra tweeted. “Film industry must stand as one and do whatever it takes to ensure that the reprehensible attack on Bhansali becomes a flash point for ‘goondagiri’ to stop,” Shabana Azmi tweeted. Other stars and film makers including Anurag Kashyap, Farhan Akhtar and Ashutosh Gowarikar also condemned the attack on Bhansali.