Padmavati row: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu says violent threats are unacceptable in a democracy

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Padmavati row: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu says violent threats are unacceptable in a democracy

Regarding the Padmavati row, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has said that people have the right to protest in a democratic manner, but they cannot physically obstruct and give violent threats.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, has been in the midst of a whirlpool of controversy, and has now become a nation-wide debate.

There have been protests all over the country, and the film has been banned in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Spearheaded by the fringe Rajput group, Shri Rajput Karni Sena, there have also been death threats to director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's life, and Deepika's as well. The groups are convinced that Bhansali has distorted history, and shown romantic dram sequence between Rani Padmini and Alauddin Khilji.

At a literary festival, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said today that violent threats and announcing rewards for physical harm was not acceptable in a democracy. Not directly referring to the controversy, but films and art in general, he warned against undermining the rule of law in the country but pointed out that one should not hurt the sentiments of others.

"This is not acceptable in a democracy. You have the right to protest in a democratic manner, go to the appropriate authorities...you cannot physically obstruct and can't give violent threats. Let us not undermine the rule of law," he said.

He specifically mentioned that he was not talking about any film in particular. He spoke about other films such as Haram Hawa, Kissa Kursi Ka and Aandhi. "You have no right to take laws into your own hands. At the same time, you don't have the right to hurt the sentiments of others," Naidu said.

The film has been postponed indefinitely from December 1.

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