The Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) has written a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking a smooth release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film ‘Padmavati’, which is caught in the eye of a storm.
Some members of the Rajput community have accused the director of “distorting historical facts” and portraying Rani Padmavati (played by Deepika Padukone) in bad light in the film. The protesters have demanded that a group of historians and their group members be shown the film before its release on December 1.
In the letter to Singh, filmmaker and convenor of IFTDA Ashoke Pandit said that as the agitators have threatened to raze the cinema halls to ground, adequate protection must be provided to the ‘Padmavati’ team. “Protection must be given to Bhansali, his family, the star cast and the technicians of the film ‘Padmavati’, so that the unit is saved from the wrath of undemocratic people. Help the victim to release his film in time, without anybody’s intrusion,” he said in the letter.