New Delhi, Nov 4: In a bid to end the ongoing controversy surrounding upcoming movie ‘Padmavati’, Union Minister Uma Bharti on Friday asked the makers of the historical film, to form a committee comprising of filmmakers, censor board, protesters and historians. She said that the committe must come up with a mutual decision and end the row.
Taking to Twitter, the minister said that she cannot remain neutral on the subject of Rani Padmavati. “Why not form a committee with historians, the filmmaker, the protesters and the censor board and decide on it? I request for not associating the film ‘Padmavati’ with the Rajput community instead with the pride of Indian woman,” Bharti tweeted in Hindi.
The period drama starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor has been facing flak from various communal groups, including Shree Rajput Karni Sena, for tampering historical facts. Meanwhile, Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh was closed on Friday protesting Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Padmavati’, which is schedule to release next month.
Earlier in October on the occasion of Diwali, the protesters had destroyed a huge Padmavati-inspired rangoli made by an artist from Surat. Following the incident, Deepika Padukone, appealed to the Union information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani to look into the matter.
“Absolutely heart breaking to see the recent attack on artist Karan and his artwork! Disgusting and appalling to say the least!” she had posted along with a photograph of the rangoli.
“Who are these people? Who is responsible for their actions? For how long are we going to let this go on? (Till when we will) Allow them to take law into their own hands & attack our freedom & right to individual expression time & again!? This has to stop now and action must be taken @smritiirani,” the Bollywood actress had said on Twitter.
However, this is not the first time, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film has created controversy. Earlier, he was attacked by Rajput community during the shooting of his blockbuster flick ‘Bajirao Mastani’.