Sanjay Leela Bhansali: Don’t think Padmaavat is the end of protests, it is just the beginning

Published: February 24, 2018 3:08 pm

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has turned a year older today. That these difficulties only make me more determined to do exactly what I want to do, no matter what the price. But finally (it was) all worth it,” he said. This is just the beginning,” added the filmmaker. It is baffling why the situation was allowed to get out of hand in the first place. My films have always had a tremendous response in these two states. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App I feel helpless and sad about the film being held back in Gujarat and Rajasthan. It gives me feeling of tremendous gratitude.”
“I’ve been through so much during the past year, I am numbed. We’d be happier if the two states (Gujarat and Rajasthan) where the film is not showing, decide to release our film. I can only thank the audience for going to see my film in spite of the threats,” said Bhansali, whose one big fear is that the fringe elements will target other films. “I don’t think ‘Padmaavat’ is the end of it (the protests). “That making cinema that you believe in is becoming increasingly difficult. “We’re very happy with the film’s success. Sure enough, there are protests brewing against another historical drama, Manikarnika, in another part of India, while Padmaavat remains banned in three states — Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. “It’s all destiny, I suppose. Related News
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat crosses Rs 250 crore markPadmaavat box office collection day 12: Deepika Padukone film collects Rs 219.50 crorePadmaavat’s first show in Rajasthan is for HC judge in JodhpurPadmaavat has crossed Rs 270 crore at the Indian box office and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who has turned a year older today, feels more vindicated than elated. Today, when I see the swelling crowds for ‘Padmaavat’ my heart swells in pride. Yes, it has been a tough journey. “What better gift can I expect than this wholehearted acceptance of my film? What are the takeaways for the director from the experience of making Padmaavat? There were threats and risks of violence and yet families all across the country went to see Padmaavat. Who would’ve thought that my film, which honours a community, would be attacked by members of the same community?” wondered Bhansali.