Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial film Padmaavat releases this week. It stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles. NDTV's Rohit Khilnani has watched the movie and he tells us what's good, what's bad and if it's worth the hype.
Deepika Padukone visited Sidhivinayak temple in Mumbai before the release of the controversial film Padmaavat, in which she plays the title role. The film has been surrounded by controversy for the past couple of months.
Little children crouched on the floor, some with their hands clamped on their mouth in fear, as a mob protesting against the film Padmaavat threw rocks at their school bus in Gurgaon near Delhi.
When asked about Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat, the actress said she is a fan of Deepika and Ranveer, and she can't wait to watch the film.
As threats from the fringe groups continue despite Supreme Court's clearance for the release of film Padmaavat, actor Shabana Azmi urged the government to step in and take action.
At an event in Mumbai, former Miss Universe and actress Sushmita Sen commented on the Supreme court's verdict to allow Padmaavat's release in all the states. She said, "She is proud of being born in a democratic country, where artistic expression is not a crime." Karan Johar too said that he is happy as a filmmaker and he can't wait to watch the film on Jan 25.
Padmaavat, cleared by the censor board and expected to hit the theatres on January 25, will not be screened in Rajasthan, said the state's home minister. Gulab Chand Kataria said the film would not be released in Rajasthan as the orders of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje stand.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Padmavati, which has been at the centre of a huge controversy, will get the long-awaited certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification, popularly called the censor board. The board has suggested five modifications to the film including a change in the title to Padmavaat - and will issue the certificate once the modifications are made. "There are no cuts suggested in this film... only five modifications," censor board chairman Prasoon Joshi told NDTV, contradicting initial reports that the board had recommended 26 cuts.
Actor Priyanka Chopra said she supported the makers of the movie Padmavati which found itself in the eye of a storm from groups accusing it of distorting history. "I called Deepika and Sanjay Leela Bhansali to express my support," she said.
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.