Hansal Mehta on Padmavati and IFFI: Sad that bullies have prevailed again

hansal mehta on padmavati and iffi controversyhansal mehta on padmavati and iffi controversy Hansal Mehta expressed how unfair the government’s decisions are owing to the upcoming elections.

Dogged by controversies, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati’s release date has been deferred. Fueled by protests by various religious and political outfits all over the country, the Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor starrer faces an indefinite postponement. On the other hand, the controversies around IFFI continue to abound with various members of the jury resigning along with Sujoy Ghosh.

And against what seems like a disappointing phase for the entire industry in general, filmmaker Hansal Mehta has taken to Twitter and expressed how unfair the government’s decisions are owing to the upcoming elections. He writes, “Sad that bullies have prevailed again. The government’s stance is disappointing but not unexpected. After all what is a film compared to elections? #SDurga #Nude and #Padmavati to begin with. Many more to come…”

He also brings to notice how the recent incident with IFFI where two of the previously decided films, S Durga and Nude were dropped out of the festival’s screening without being discussed with the jury makes him regret a video he did with IFFI earlier. He adds, “I regret recording a video endorsing IFFI – it was done in good faith for the love of films and much before all this happened.”

Hansal opines how in a situation like this, the industry bigwigs just want filmmakers to shut up and accept the society’s attacks. He writes, “I was told by many industry leaders that it was a wise strategy to delay #Padmavati. Truth is that people have resigned themselves to government inaction in the face of such blatant terror. The only advice given is to shut up, retreat and accept these attacks.”

He raises a pertinent question and asks, “So SLB should show the film to those who threaten to have him beheaded? And get their approval?”

Earlier, in an interview to indianexpress.com, Mehta had also said, “All those people who are making this noise are yet to see Padmavati as it hasn’t released in the theaters. And this noise happens when there is ignorance and people are not aware. I think when people will watch this story only then they will realise its value.”

Padmavati was scheduled to be released on December 1 but there is nothing by the makers on the revised release dates.

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