Saturday, 24 August 2019

What are the ‘Padmaavat’ protests about, Javed Akhtar

Javed Akhtar

BOLLYWOOD: Javed Akhtar is confused after watching Padmaavat – and not because he didn’t get what was happening in the movie.

The writer-lyricist saw Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial period drama with his wife, Shabana Azmi and left the cinema impressed more than anything.

He questioned why protesters were objecting to the movie as it pays “homage to the valour and integrity of the Rajput community.”

“I saw the film and I feel it is among the most accomplished achievements I’ve seen in Indian cinema in recent times. I fail to understand what the protesters are protesting against,” asked Akhtar.

“The film is a passionate, unadulterated homage to the valour and integrity of the Rajput community. Not a word, not a frame in the film is an insult to the community. In fact, it is insulting to the film to suggest that it in any way insults the very community it honours.”

He added: “It is a film that should be sent as India’s entry to the Oscars. My heart was filled with pride while watching Padmaavat.

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