The epic fantasy starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh based on the poem Padmavat written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540 is in race with controversy since its days of shoot. The growing unrest amongst a certain section has increased with demands of pre screening to the activists before the release of the film on December 01.
The Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) comprising of filmmakers like Sudhir Mishra, Ashoke Pandit, Rahul Rawail, actor Sushant Singh amongst others, held a press conference today in Mumbai to show their solidarity with Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Though no one from the cast and crew of PADMAVATI was present, the trade body not only shared its concern but also opened up on its plans to ensure smooth run for the film. Speaking at the press conference filmmaker Sudhir Mishra expressed his concerned and said, “This is an attack on freedom, the history is ours. You cannot stop the film from releasing.”
Veteran actor Vikram Gokhale (President of CINTAA – Cine & TV Artists Association) demanded that private censorship should stop.
According to Ashoke Pandit, “IFTDA will be writing to to Smriti Irani – Minister of Information and Broadcasting, to ensure that PADMAVATI sees a smooth release. As a mark of protest against the moral policing, IFTDA has given a call to people from all crafts of the film industry to assemble outside the gates of Filmcity, Mumbai on November 16 for a silent protest against the practice of making filmmakers a soft target. That day between 4-4.15 pm, no shooting will take place in Filmcity”.
IFTDA hopes that the movie may bring some change in future and filmmakers will not be harassed unnecessarily.