Kolkata: Amid protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film Padmavati, Tollywood film industry is planning a 15-minute blackout in support of the film and “to protect the right to freedom of expression of creative individuals”.
Renowned Director Goutam Ghosh and Actor Prasenjit Chatterjee informed about the protest on Monday. The members of tollywood film industry will be joining the blackout protest on November 28 starting 12.00 p.m. to 12.15 p.m.
As The film has been banned in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. The film has been pushed from its December 1 release, indefinitely, members from the film and entertainment industry gathered in Mumbai on Sunday to express their support and solidarity for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial Padmavati.
They questioned freedom of speech and expression in India’s democracy when fringe Rajput groups like the Karni Sena could constantly threaten the filmmakers and travel nationwide to stop its release. The protests commenced with the National Anthem in the memory of the victims of 26/11 terrorist attack as Sunday was its 9th anniversary.
The controversy started with the assumption that there are some intimate scenes between Rajput queen Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji, which could hurt the sentiments of the Rajput community.
Thereafter, the Rajput Karni Sena started a protest and threatened the makers of the film to stop its release.