Alia Bhatt on Padmavati Row: I have a problem with this entire trend of protesting against films

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati has been a victim of controversies galore but it recently took a horrifying turn.  

The body of a man named Chetan was found hanging in Rajasthan’s Nahargarh Fort, 20 km near Jaipur, with slogans against the movie scrawled on stones nearby. One of the slogans read‘Padmavatikavirodh’ (Opposing Padmavati), while another read ‘Hum putle nahi jalate, latkate hain’(We don’t burn effigies, we kill). 

Many celebrities came out to condemn the atrocious act which included Alia Bhatt who tweeted, “This is what happens when violent threats are allowed to made openly without punishment! What is happening? Shocked!" 

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Talking further about the Padmavati row, Alia told a leading daily, "I said this in my tweet, and I say it again, it’s not just Padmavati, but it is this entire trend of protesting against films that I have a problem with. Let the film release first. There is such a thing as creative license. Just as you have your right to your opinion, I also have my right to expression." 

Padmavati was initially supposed to release on December 1, 2017. However, it has now been postponed to an indefinite date.   

Meanwhile, in an interview recently, Alia was all praises for Deepika as she said, "I think of beauty, substance and strength, and I really think she represents all these three words really strongly. Beauty because she’s beautiful, substance because of the characters she has played and choices she has made and strength because of how honest she is and how she has come out and spoken about an important cause." 

On the other hand, when Deepika was asked about being friends with Alia by a leading entertainment magazine, the actress replied, "I’m very fond of her. I feel a sense of comfort with her. I’ve known her closely for at least a year now.I’m not analyzing it but there is a sense of familiarity when we are together.”