After the maiming threat was issued by Karni Sena, another group has joined the bandwagon.
"In a democracy, everyone has the right to protest, but making threats against someone is against the law and can not be tolerated", Swami said in an interview today.
Just about yesterday, we got to hear about how the leader of Karni Sena, the group who kick-started the acts of vandalism on the sets of the magnum opus, has threatened to cut off Deepika Padukone's nose ahead of the release of the film if it releases at all. The apex court has said it would consider the plea.
Thakur Abhishek Som of Sardhana Chaubisi, who claimed affiliation to the Samajwadi Party, said the Kshatriya community will not tolerate wrongful portrayal of the queen and meddling with its rich heritage.
As the row over Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati intensifies, the Supreme Court on Thursday (November 16) said that the filmmakers and writers should be allowed freedom of speech and expression. While the protests against the film continues, the makers are looking forward for the release on December 1, 2017. "Rajputs don't raise their hands on women, but don't challenge us", he said. The main reason according to them is misrepresentation of the historical facts.
Apart from the Karni Sena and political leaders, several communities across the country, including the Mewar Royals, the Chattisgarh Royals and the Ajmer Dargah Deewan, have opposed to Padmavati's release.
Only recently, after actor Kamal Hassan spoke about "saffron terror", a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha responded by saying, "Kamal Haasan and likes of him should either be shot dead or hanged so that they learn a lesson". And where have we reached as a nation? "So let's face it, there is no question, that we were complicit", he said.
The petitioner is the same person who had thrown ink at Kejriwal in 2013, the video of which is now being shown as part of the film's promotion.
"The only people we are answerable to is the censor board, and I know and I believe that nothing can stop the release of this film", said the actor, adding that the film industry's support symbolises how "this is not about Padmavati".
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