Padmavati: Bollywood To Stage Shutdown On November 16 To Defend Sanjay Leela Bhansali!


After seeing SLB struggle through numerous fights, Bollywood is finally showing their support for Sanjay Leela Bhansali for his movie ‘Padmavati’! Even though they are too late to wake up and defend, but the support is worth it!

After actors like Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan came out talked in support of the movie, now the entire industry is coming out in support of the film and its makers. As per a recent report, “IFTDA, Cine And TV Artists Association (CINTAA), Screenwriters Association, Association of Cine and TV Art Directors and Costume Designers, Western India Cinematographers Association and Film Studio Setting and the Allied Mazdoor Union are planning a shutdown on November 16 in support of Padmavati, as well as to protest the curbing of creative freedom in the country. All these organisations will observe a minute of silence outside the gates of the Film City in Goregaon on November 16, and will stop work for 15 minutes. They are also planning to write to I&B Minister Smriti Irani and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, to act on the issue or urgent priority.”

Sudhir Mishra, director of Hazaaron Khwahishen Aisi, didn’t mince words as he said, “This is an attack on freedom. The history is ours. If anyone disagrees with my interpretation of history, please express your disagreement, but let the film release. This is creating an atmosphere where people will be dissuaded from making films on Indian history. We expect the government to issue a statement that strict action will be taken against anyone who goes against the law.”

Ashoke Pandit of the Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) said, “Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a symbol. Abusing him is like abusing the entire fraternity, so we have called this meeting to condemn such treatment against any creative person. When a statutory body (CBFC) clears the film, then it is deemed fit to be released.”

Actor Sushant Singh, who represented the CINTAA, said, “Our work is about expression. Why should we have to always fight for our freedom to do our job?” Marathi film veteran Vikram Gokhale agreed with his sentiment as he asked, “If we don’t have liberty, why should we pursue any kind of art?”

Finally after going through a huge pressure, SLB’s movie is finally supported and respected!