Chandigarh, Nov 19: Suraj Pal Amu, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader from Haryana on Sunday declared a bounty of Rs 10 Crore for beheading Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone and Padmavati director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Speaking at a private event, Amu threatened actor Ranveer Singh to break his legs after Singh had expressed his unhappiness at the mounting protests by fringe groups like Rajput Karni Sena.Also Read - After Manchester United, Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh Set To Bid For New IPL Team in 2022 Season: Report
Amu also questioned the silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue. He said the Rajput community was used as a vote bank by the saffron party. He added that he is ready to quit the party but will not bow down on the issue. Also Read - Hrithik Roshan Performs Garba In Gym On Classic 80s Songs 'Janu Meri Jaan’, 'Jimmy Ajaa Ajaa' | Watch
Based on the mythical character of Rani Padmini, Padmavati has enraged members of Karni Sena who threatened to chop off the nose of Deepika Padukone. The controversy over the film erupted soon after the shooting began in various parts of the country. The tensions reached its zenith when several forts in Rajasthan were closed in protest of the film. Also Read - Ranveer Singh Spills Beans on Getting Tips From Deepika Padukone For TV Debut ‘The Big Picture’
Earlier, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje too wrote a letter to Minister of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani. Raje demanded that the film should be released only after the controversial scenes are removed. She suggested that a committee of historians and filmmakers should be formed to review the film.
“The censor board should also analyze the possible results after release of a film rather than just giving its certificate to a film. A committee comprising of historians, film personalities and from aggrieved party should sit and discuss on the screenplay of the film. Thereafter, suitable changes should be made to ensure film may not hurt the sentiments of the society as a whole,” Raje had said in her letter.
The film’s release was also deferred to an unknown date by its producers, Viacom 18 after the Central Board of Film Certification told them to refile their application for its approval.