Dehradun, Nov 10 (PTI) On a day the Supreme Court refused to stay the release of Bollywood film Padmavati, BJP MLA from Laksar Sanjay Gupta accused its director Sanjay Leela Bhansali of presenting the Rajput queen in a bad light and said there would be strong protests in Uttarakhand against the films screening.
“Showing a brave, self-respecting Hindu queen dancing in front of a Muslim aggressor was unnecessary. We object to the disparaging projection of a historical character like Padmavati, which has been done by Bhansali only for the sake of money in the name of entertainment,” he said.
“This is a common tendency among our film and serial- makers. As Hinduism is a broad-minded religion, they get away with this. If they have the courage, why dont they attempt something similar with the Muslim historical characters,” he said.
Noting that films showing irreverence to Hindu characters like Padmavati should not be released, the BJP leader said he would request the authorities concerned at the Centre not to allow Bhansalis project to hit the screens.
“However, if the film is released and there are objectionable scenes in it, the theatres screening it will have to face the wrath of the people,” Gupta threatened.
The Supreme Court today refused to stay the release of Padmavati, over which the Allahabad High Court also declined to entertain a plea seeking a ban of the film.
The court verdicts came as a big boost to Bhansali in the aftermath of a mob attack in Jaipur, Rajasthan and a vandalism incident in Kolhapur, Maharashtra during the shooting of the film.