Padmavati Controversy: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh Supports Protesters, Says Nobody Will Accept Distortion of History
Ludhiana, Nov 20: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has joined the voices against the releases of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati, saying the Karni Sena’s protest is justified. Reacting to the controversy surrounding the film starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, Captain Singh on Monday said, “Nobody will accept distortion of history and those who are protesting are rightly doing so.”
The clamour against Padmavati also reached Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. National Conference leader Devender Singh Rana has written to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti asking her not to allow the release of Padmavati in the state till the film’s contents are verified.
In Madhya Pradesh too, the film finds itself in trouble. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced on Monday that the movie Padmavati will not be allowed to be released in the state as it distorted facts about ‘mata’ Padmavati. “Etihaisik tathyon se khilwaad kar agar Padmavati ji ke samman ke khilaaf film mein drishya dikhaye gaye hain, uss Film ka pradharshan Madhya Pradesh ki dharti par nahi hoga (If Padmavati’s distorted history is shown in the film, and the film insults her, that film will not be allowed to be released in Madhya Pradesh),” he said.
While many spoke out against the release of Padmavati, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has lashed out at the protesters. “The Padmavati controversy is not only unfortunate but also a calculated plan of a political party to destroy the freedom to express ourselves. We condemn this super emergency. All in the film industry must come together and protest in one voice,” the West Bengal Chief Minister said in a statement on Monday.
Meanwhile, the makers of the film deferred its release from the scheduled date December 1. “Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind ‘Padmavati’, has voluntarily deferred the release date of the film from December 1st 2017,” a statement said. A Viacom18 Motion Pictures spokesperson said that they had the highest regard for the law of the land and statutory bodies such as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). As a “responsible and law-abiding corporate citizen”, it was committed to following the established procedure and convention, he said. “We have faith that we will soon obtain the requisite clearances to release the film,” the statement read.