It was only last week when Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film Padmavati met with some unexpected and unfortunate hurdles. While shooting in Jaipur, the film’s set was vandalised and the crew and reputed director were assaulted by members of a cast organisation. The reason: Rumors that the film was distorting facts and Rajasthan’s history.
This is not the first time that Indian cinema has been attacked by certain groups and individuals so insecure about their nationalities, casts and history. This has happened a few too many times before unfortunately and the very same few artists raise their voices with no one really listening. However, for a change, the Padmavati attack saw several celebrities stand up in support of Sanjay Leela Bhansali making themselves quite vocal in condemning these attacks. Here is what they had to say.
One director who has always stood up against such attacks and has even been at the receiving end of them too, Karan Johar refuses to accept silently.
Am appalled at what has happened with Sanjay Bhansali….this is the time for all us as an industry to stand by our people and fraternity!!
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 27, 2017
Even Alia Bhatt had something to say and actively retweeted several other tweets by Bollywood actors.
What happened on the sets of Padmavati is ridiculous.
There is such a thing as creative freedom and cinematic license.
— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) January 27, 2017
Farhan Akhtar calls for some action.
My fellow film folk, if we do not unite now against these recurring incidents of bullying, it's going to get much worse. #IstandbySLB
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) January 27, 2017
Sushant even dropped his last name for a day from his twitter handle as a sign of protest.
We would suffer till the time we're obsessed with our surnames.
If you're that courageous,give us your first name to acknowledge.#padmavati
— Sushant Singh Rajput (@itsSSR) January 27, 2017
Shahid Kapoor plays one of the leads in Padmavati and tweeted about how violence is unacceptable.
Very very sad. Words do fall short and feel too little to express feelings. Violence is unacceptable. This incident has shocked me.
— Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) January 28, 2017
Deepika plays the role of Queen Padmavati in the film and tweeted too with the trending hash tag #IstandwithSLB
As Padmavati I can assure you that there is absolutely no distortion of history.#Padmavati
— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) January 28, 2017
It's appalling to hear what happened to #SanjayLeelaBhansali .im so saddened..Violence is not what our forefathers taught us..
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) January 27, 2017
Sonam Kapoor responded to PM Modi’s tweet with this.
A gentle reminder sir… a couple of days after republic day if we as an industry have to deal… https://t.co/IkEhzel4ss
— Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor) January 28, 2017
Ranveer who is also part of the film confirmed that the film has no intentions of hurting anyone’s sentiments.
Sanjay Sir is one of the most accomplished & authentic filmmakers we have in India, & he wont ever do anything to hurt anyones feelings.
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) January 28, 2017
Arjun Kapoor expressed his shock with this tweet.
Shocked appalled saddened !!! #IstandbySLB it's unfair to target us as an industry just because we take a dignified stand n stay quiet…
— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) January 28, 2017
Several other celebrities and journalists tweeted against these attacks and we couldn’t agree more with all of them.