Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali have been receiving threats over Padmavati’s release.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati has been riddled with controversies from the get-go.
A few days ago, Bhansali and Deepika Padukone; who plays the titular character of Rani Padmini, received threats that they will behead the director and chop of the actress’ nose. The people who threatened these two even announced that they will offer Rs. 5 crore to anyone who does that.
Many Bollywood celebrities have come out in support of the Deepika, Bhansali and Padmavati and these include Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, according to a leading daily.
A source informed the daily, “The moment Aamir read the news, he immediately called up Deepika to check on her. He was extremely concerned about her. Aamir and Deepika had a long conversation about the whole scenario and he assured her of being there for her if needed.”
“Deepika’s other co-stars including Shah Rukh Khan also called Deepika. Everyone has expressed concern. Deepika, on the other hand, is maintaining an extremely strong stand,” added the source.
When Deepika’s co-star Shahid Kapoor was asked about the same at IFFI 2017, the actor stated, “Any kind of conversation which is violent in nature is not nice. It is not in good taste. I think it is absolutely uncalled for and unfortunate.”
Meanwhile, Padmavati, which also stars Ranveer Singh was originally supposed to release on December 1, 2017, but has now been postponed to an indefinite date.
Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind Padmavati released a statement saying that they have voluntarily decided to postpone the release date.
The official statement reads, “Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind ‘Padmavati’ has voluntarily deferred the release date of the film from December 1st, 2017. Along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, amongst the most gifted filmmakers of his generation, Viacom18 Motion Pictures has created a beautiful cinematic masterpiece in ‘Padmavati’ that captures Rajput valour, dignity and tradition in all its glory. The film is an eloquent portrayal of a tale that will fill every Indian with pride and showcase our country’s story-telling prowess across the globe. We are a responsible, law-abiding corporate citizen and have the highest respect and regard for the law of the land and all our institutions and statutory bodies including the Central Board of Film Certification. We always have and are committed to continue following the established procedure and convention. We have faith that we will soon obtain the requisite clearances to release the film. We will announce the revised release date of the film in due course. We stand firm in our commitment to tell endearing tales that resonate with our audiences the world over as we have in the past with our other projects such as ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, ‘Queen’, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ and many more.”