For the third time this month, the Supreme Court turned down a request to ban Padmavati and said, in a rebuke to Chief Ministers and others who have spoken out against the film, "those holding public offices should not comment on such issues." The judges reiterated that it is the prerogative of the national censor board to review the film and make a decision on whether it is suitable for screening.
Actor Prakash Raj speaks to NDTV on the massive protests against the movie Padmavati, and equates the protests with terrorism because of the threats of violence. He asks why any citizen who voices dissent in hope of betterment of his country, is seen as an enemy of the state.
At an event held in Mumbai, actor Shraddha Kapoor was asked to comment on the threats that Deepika Padukone and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali have been receiving following the Padmavati controversy. The Aashiqui 2 actress didn't shy away from saying that such incidents are very unfortunate.
Amid the ongoing uproar over Padmavati, actor Ranveer Singh said that he has been asked not to say anything about the movie but was "200 per cent" behind director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
A day after the BJP ordered senior leader Suraj Pal Amu to explain his weekend offer of Rs 10 crores to anyone who beheads Deepika Padukone for her role in Padmavati and its director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the politician has issued a new threat of violence.
Shahid Kapoor said that he is not new to controversies as his film Udta Punjab also had a few hiccups before release. He spoke to NDTV on the sidelines of the 48th International Film Festival of India.
Padmavati's star Deepika Padukone, who was a special guest at Salman Khan's show Bigg Boss 11, said: It is strange because we (she and Ranveer) are there in the movie, but have not worked together as there are no scenes." (Video Courtesy: Colors TV)
Soon after their tenth-anniversary bash on Saturday night, film studio Viacom 18 made the big announcement that they have deferred the release date of the much-hyped Sanjay Bhansali film Padmavati from December 1st, 2017. Malaika Arora who was at the party was asked to comment on the Padmavati controversy. Watch the video to find out what she had to say.
Actor and activist Shabana Azmi says the violent threats and protests against the upcoming historical drama Padmavati reveal a failure of the government and show how filmmakers are not "equal citizens" in their own country. She also shares why she believes the government's stance on the issue reeks of political strategy.
How can India continue to produce award winning films if freedom of expression is constantly curtailed?