The controversy over Padmavati has taken an ugly turn. Haryana BJP Chief Media Coordinator Suraj Pal Amu has allegedly offered a bounty of Rs 10 crore on the heads of Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone and noted film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
The controversy over Padmavati has taken an ugly turn. Haryana BJP Chief Media Coordinator Suraj Pal Amu has allegedly offered a bounty of Rs 10 crore on the heads of Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone and noted film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. While Padukone has been facing death threats for portraying the character of Rani Padmavati, Bhansali was accused of distorting historical facts and showing Rajput community in a poor light. As Amu faced flak from several quarters, BJP got cracking and sent a show cause notice to him. BJP National General Secretary Anil Jain said the party has nothing to do with such statements and emphasized that there is rule of law in Haryana and no one can issue such fatwas.
Amu first made his offer during a function of the Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha in New Delhi on Sunday. “Want to congratulate Meerut youth for announcing Rs 5 crore bounty for beheading Deepika, Bhansali. We will reward the ones beheading them with Rs 10 crore, and also take care of their family’s needs,” Amu said. This was in response to a man called Thakur Abhishek Som from Meerut who had reportedly offered Rs 5 crore bounty a few days ago.
Asked about any possible action against Amu for this “threatening remarks”, Haryana BJP spokesperson Raman Malik said, “This is the discretion of the state BJP chief (Subhash Barala). The matter has come up just today. It is his personal remark, being a Rajput and member of a certain social set-up”. The National Commission for Women (NCW) has said it will urge the Haryana Police to take against Amu. The tweet posted by NCW reads, “@NCWIndia strongly condemn this statement and will write to @gurgaonpolice to take action against Amu.”
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Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Monday will hear a plea filed by the senior lawyer, Manohar Lal Sharma seeking direction to delete certain objectionable scenes from the movie, ‘Padmavati’. In the plea filed on Friday, Sharma also sought prosecution of the filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Earlier on November 10, the Supreme Court rejected the petition filed against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati’, saying the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has not yet issued a certificate to the movie.
The period drama starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor has been facing protests from various communal groups, including Shree Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering with historical facts. The movie was scheduled to be released on December 1 but the filmmakers have decided to delay it.