Padmavati row: Group demands strict action against those threatening Deepika Padukone

Do not deny Deepika her freedom says Kamal Haasan

Do not deny Deepika her freedom says Kamal Haasan

Right-wing Hindu groups have become incensed by the film which its rumoured depiction of a romantic dream sequence involving a mythical Hindu queen and an invading Muslim sultan.

The period drama, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, has been facing massive agitation from various groups, including Shri Rajput Karni Sena, which alleged that the film distorts history and falsely portrays a relationship between Rajput queen Padmini and Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji.

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said the controversy over director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Rs 190-crore Padmavati was a "calculated plan" of a political party to destroy freedom of expression, and asked the film industry to come out in support of Mr Bhansali.

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But, Bollywood director Bhansali has repeatedly denied the claims. Earlier too he had stated that he is 200% with the film and SLB and now, once again he has reiterated his stance. The film has been in trouble since the beginning of the year, with fringe groups in the western state of Rajasthan attacking the film's set, threatening to burn down theaters that show it and even physically attacking the director in January.

Meanwhile, Amu, who is from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, says that Padmavati's trailer - which is now on air - has presented the Rajput queen in a bad light. "If you call it gundagardi (hooliganism), it does not affect me", he told reporters here. "Trailers of the movie are being shown on television and cinema halls".

In a video being flashed by the Indian media, BJP's chief media coordinator for the state of Haryana, Surajpal Amu is seen announcing a bounty of $150,000 for killing Padukone.

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Addressing a rally over the weekend in New Delhi, Amu has announced: "We will reward the ones beheading [Padukone and Bhansali], with Rs 10 crore, and also take care of their family's needs".

"If they are adamant on releasing the movie, we will also not let it be screened", he said.

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