Film personalities Sudhir Mishra, Ashok Pandit, Rahul Rawail, Sushant Singh, Vikram Gokhale and Kushan Nandy attended meeting to support Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming ‘Padmavati’, orgiansed by the Indian Films and TV Directors Association (IFTDA) along with four other bodies on Monday where they expressed support for him with #WeSupportPadmavati campaign and sought protection of freedom of expression of artistes. While interacting with media, Sudhir Mishra stated that people can make counter publicity of the film but then can’t stop a film from getting it release.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali is facing opposition from Rajput Karni Sena and other orgainsations from the time of its making till the release of the film stating that Bhansali has shown dream sequence of Allauddin Khilji and Queen Padmavati and shown Rajputs in bad light, reacting to Padmavati controversy Mishra said, “First of all, this matter is really absurd because nobody has seen the film. The director and producer of the film Sanjay Leela Bhansali is established filmmaker who has repeatedly denied accusations which are framed against him”
“Secondly, I don’t understand why these extra-constitutional bodies treating him like a person who has no sense of responsibility. There is body called CBFC which is supposed to pass the judgment whether the film is eligible to release. CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi who is also from film industry also aware about the effect of film on a larger society”
” Thirdly, I feel this is an attack on freedom of creative people. This is really unfortunate because the history is ours so when I am interpreting history people can disagree with me. They can write against me or make counter publicity of the film but you cannot stop the film from getting it released so it creates an atmosphere where nobody will attempt to make a film”
Filmmaker Ashok Pandit said, “I want to appeal people who are constantly opposing filmmakers that we are educated people, we do our research while making a film and we are also nationalist but we don’t believe in physical assault and damaging properties. ”
“It’s not a small thing that all film and television associations has come together to support a film like ‘Padmavati’. We are not here only to protest for Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’, he is just a symbol and I feel it’s an attack on entire film industry”
“If any film in future will face opposition like this we will support those films as well. and now it’s going our head as we are feeling insecure, frightened and fearful that whether we should make film which we believe in and from now on we will see through that things will get into right frame”
“IFTDA, CINTAA along with the Western India Cinematographers Association, Screenwriters Association and Association of Cine and TV Art Directors and Costume Designers have decided to extend support to Bhansali on November 16 at the Film City, where their members will stand in silence for 15 minutes from 11 a.m.
On that day, all units and workers associations will stop shooting for 15 minutes from 4 p.m. as a mark of their support for freedom of speech and expression, which is the basic right of a citizen” Pandit added.
‘Padmavati’ which stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in pivotal roles is scheduled to release on December 1, 2017