Padmavati Row: Shatrughan Sinha Slams Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Asks Narendra Modi, Smriti Irani to Break Silence on Controversy
Patna, Dec 6: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Shatrughan Sinha slammed director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for organising a special screening of his film ‘Padmavati’ for media before getting it certified. Sinha said that Bhansali should have organised a special screening of ‘Padmavati’ for Rajput community people. The actor-turned-politician also asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani to break silence on the entire controversy.
Speaking at an event organised by Karni Sena, which has been protesting against the film ‘Padmavati’, Shatrughan Sinha lambasted Sanjay Leela Bhansali for organising a special screening for media before getting the film certified from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). He said Bhansali promised that he will screen the film first to the members of Karni Sena but didn’t keep his promise. Sinha was felicitated by the outfit for his firm stand against ‘Padmavati’ film.
Sinha had earlier questioned PM Narendra Modi and megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s silence over the “burning” issue of the film “Padmavati”. “As ‘Padmavati’ becomes a burning controversy, people are asking why the legendary Amitabh Bachchan, most versatile Aamir Khan and most popular Shah Rukh Khan have no comments. And how come our I&B Minister or our most popular Honourable PM (according to PEW — American think tank PEW poll) are maintaining stoic silence. High time!” Shatrughan tweeted last month.
He also asked PM Modi to break his silence when a Haryana BJP leader had even offered a reward of Rs 10 crore to anyone who would “behead” Bhansali and the film’s lead actress Deepika Padukone. “I’d like to say it’s too late for our dynamic Prime Minister and the other high command to stay silent. ‘Padmavati’ is a raging issue. And the fringe elements are openly issuing threats. How can the high command keep quiet when goons are threatening to behead Bhansali and Deepika Padukone? It’s time for our honourable Prime Minister to say ‘enough is enough’. If you give the goons a free reign, they will continue to cross limits in ways we wouldn’t be able to control,” he said.
Starring Deepika Padukone with Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in key roles, the magnum opus tells the tale of Rani Padmavati, the legendary Mewar queen known for her beauty and intelligence as well as courage, her husband Maharawal Ratan Singh, a Rajput warrior king who fought to defend his kingdom and wife’s honour, and Sultan Alauddin Khilji. The movie, according to Bhansali, is a tribute to the valour of legendary queen Padmavati. However, Hindu groups backed by the BJP are up in arms against alleged “distortion of historical facts”.