Film industry to hold a 15-minute blackout protest in support of Padmavati

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Updated: November 25, 2017 9:11 am

IFTDA has planned a 15-minute blackout in support of Padmavati. The members of film and television industry will be joining the blackout protest, titled “Main Azaad Hoon”, on November 26 at the Film City main entrance starting 3.30 p.m. Also Read | Padmavati controversy: From Salman Khan to Anurag Kashyap, here’s how Bollywood is standing up for Deepika Padukone starrer
“We as film industry feel hurt every time such groups target our films and try to control our freedom of expression. Earlier this month, IFTDA, along with several other cine bodies, came together in support of ‘Padmavati’. We will keep condemning their actions in a democratic manner. Unfortunately, we do not get support from any other industry, not even from the government as if we are orphans as a community,” Pandit added. 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. “We are living in a democracy and I have faith in the government and its judiciary. “Sanjay is a responsible filmmaker, and making a film on history is not something easy for him but a big responsibility. Thereafter, the Rajput Karni Sena started a protest and threatened the makers of the film to stop its release. To express our solidarity (with the film), we are gathering on Sunday for a 15-minute blackout where all shooting units in Mumbai will put off lights and no shootings will take place.”
Pandit said: “We strongly protest against the non-institutional bodies who every now and then protest against movies and threaten actors and makers of films. We have faith in our Prime Minister…for justice to ‘Padmavati’,” added Pandit. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd These protesters have not watched the film, and Sanjay has already made it very clear by releasing a video that it is a tribute to Padmavati and no obscene scenes are there,” Pandit added. Confirming the plan, Ashoke Pandit of IFTDA told IANS: “We will keep showing our support for ‘Padmavati’ and SLB (Sanjay Leela Bhansali) because it is the basic right of a creative person to tell a story in his own way.