Chennai, November 21: Veteran actor Kamal Haasan on Monday backed actress Deepika Padukone amidst a raging debate on her upcoming movie ‘Padmavati‘. “I want Ms. Deepika’s head.. saved. Respect it more than her body. Even more her freedom. Do not deny her that,” Haasan tweeted.Also Read - Hrithik Roshan Performs Garba In Gym On Classic 80s Songs 'Janu Meri Jaan’, 'Jimmy Ajaa Ajaa' | Watch

The remarks came after a Bharatiya Janata Party leader offered a bounty of Rs 10 crore to anyone beheading ‘Padmavati’ director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika. Also read: SC Says Can’t Ban Movie, Politicians Declare Their Own Verdict Also Read - Ranveer Singh Spills Beans on Getting Tips From Deepika Padukone For TV Debut ‘The Big Picture’

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In a Twitter post, he also said “many communities” had earlier opposed his films, without naming anybody. “Extremism in any debate is deplorable. Wake up cerebral India. Time to think. We’ve said enough. Listen Ma Bharat,” he said.

‘Padmavati,’ starring Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh among others, has run into rough weather with the producers unilaterally deferring the film’s release following stiff resistance from Rajput community.

Release Deferred

Viacom18 Motion Pictures, which has produced Padmavati, has deferred the release of the movie indefinitely. “Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind ‘Padmavati’, has voluntarily deferred the release date of the film from December 1st 2017,” the production house said in a statement. The new release date is yet to be announced.