Actor Shahid Kapoor attended opening ceremony of IIFI 2017 (International Film Festival of India) on Monday in Goa. During media interaction, Shahid Kapoor stated that talks of cutting Deepika’s nose and beheading Sanjay Leela Bhansali sre uncalled for and unfortunate.
The vitriol over Bollywood film Padmavati went up a notch as a BJP office bearer from Haryana said he would double the bounty on the heads of actor Deepika Padukone and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, to Rs. 10 crore. Surajpal Amu, the party’s chief media coordinator who made the announcement, also threatened to “break the legs” of Ranveer Singh, who plays the role of Alauddin Khilji, the Delhi Sultan obsessed about the legendary 13th Century Queen of Chittor andRajput Karni Sena also threaten to cut off film’s lead actress Deepika Padukone’s nose, so when asked Shahid whether these statements are unfortunate, Shahid said, “Of course it is..any kind of conversation which is violent in nature is not nice and not in good taste. I think it’s absolutely uncalled for and unfortunate”
When asked Shahid whether he feels disappointed because of the whole issue, Shahid said, “It will precedent which I am not proud of, if a film find it difficult to release. I believe the film will release. I believe this process is difficult. My earlier film ‘Udta Punjab’ also went through similar process and I eventually saw the film come out and I eventually saw the film being loved and celebrated so till I am disappointed I will chose to be optimistic because this has happened in the past and I did see ‘Udta Punjab’ released all over the country peacefully. The state of Punjab and the reaction of people over there were beautiful when they saw the film so I really feel it will be similar for ‘Padmavati’”
“Sometimes films of this nature are more difficult to get through than usual. Sometimes it gets complicated. I feel this is not the right time to be angry and lose your control. There are enough people who are doing that so I would choose to say that I believe in the process and I am really optimistic”
“I am sure ‘Padmavati’ will come out. It’s a film which we are very proud of and I am sure once people see the film they will feel the same and all this will be forgotten”
When asked Shahid whether he want to say something to people who are opposing the film, Shahid said, “I feel ‘Padmavati’ will leave up to the expectation. I believe in the process of certification and I am very confident that sooner or later ‘Padmavati’ will come out and it will come out in full force. I don’t think there is anything in the film that is unacceptable or not in good taste. Our constitution says you are innocent until proven guilty so I think same should be extended to ‘Padmavati’, it should not be considered guilty before it is even provided itself for people to judge it”
“This film is made for entire country and I believe people of this country should see the film and they should decide what they feel about the film and no individual has that right”
When asked Shahid whether he has any idea when the film will get released since it has been postponed from its scheduled date, he said, “I am hoping sooner than later. I am sure some solution will happen soon. The process of certification has started, all paper works are through, having said that, I am not Viacom and Mr. Bhansali so I am not directly engaged with this conversation and processes. I am an actor and I can share the information that I have”
Meaniwhile, Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje waded into the controversy over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati” on Saturday, asking Union information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani that the movie not be released without making the necessary changes.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also declared that a film which has “distorted facts” about Rajput queen Padmavati and shows or says anything to disrespect her, will not be released in Madhya Pradesh.
On the other hand, The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed another plea to stay the release of the controversial movie Padmavati and initiate criminal prosecution against its director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
It made it clear that it wants the Censor Board to come to an independent and considered decision on certifying the movie.