Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati has been at the centre of dissent ever since with multiple quarters alleging distortion of history by makers. Rajput groups, in particular, have questioned the authenticity of Padmavati – Bhansali’s ambitious project based on the legend of Rani Padmini of Chittor. Deepika Padukone, cast in the titular role in the film, spoke to news agency IANS about the controversy surrounding Padmavati and said that India has ‘regressed as a nation.’
The 31-year-old actress’ comment, however, was not observed in a good light by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who condemned Deepika for giving a “lecture on regression.”
Here’s what Swamy tweeted:
Cine actress Deepika Padukone giving us lecture on regression!! Nation can progress only when it is regression from her perspective.
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) November 14, 2017
During an interview with IANS on Tuesday, Deepika spoke at length about the mentality of citizens, objecting to Padmavati.
“It’s appalling, it’s absolutely appalling. What have we gotten ourselves into? And where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed,” Deepika told IANS.
Shri Rajput Karni Sena, an organisation of the Rajput community, has issued innumerable threats as they believe Bhansali filmed a dream sequence between Rani Padmini and Alauddin Khilji in Padmavati. Not that Bhansali didn’t clarify before but the fringe outfit, it appears, wasn’t satisfied. Bhansali, thus, repeated his statement in a video last week and said that there is “no interaction” between the characters in question.
Mewar Royals also wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani and Censor Board chairperson Prasoon Joshi, requesting them to stall the release of the film.