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Padmavati row: Hrithik, Varun, Sonakshi condemn death threats to Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Deepika Padukone

Members of the fringe group Rajput Karni Sena and the ruling Bharatiya Janta Party’s (BJP) media coordinator from Haryana had offered a bounty for beheading Bhansali and Padukone.

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Actor Hrithik Roshan has come out in support of his Guzaarish (2010) director Sanjay Leela Bhansali with respect to the threats the latter's team has been receiving in connection with their upcoming film, Padmavati. Similarly, Varun Dhawan and Sonakshi Sinha have also expressed support to the film starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.

While speaking on the sidelines of the Star Screen Awards, Hrithik emphasised that the entire affair indicates that we are yet to evolve as a society. “It is a clear indication of our level of evolution. We are still evolving as a society and as individuals. It is a reflection of the fact that we still have a long way to go to evolve into beings, that bereft of these problems and issues of assumptions and attacks. It is not right,” he said.

Dhawan said that death threats are certainly no way of protesting. “Protesting peacefully is fine. It is a democracy, and everyone should be allowed to voice their opinion and we should totally respect that. But making a (death) threat should not be allowed in a democracy. And I believe in our judiciary, I am sure they will manage it,” he said.

Sinha has urged for strict action against the culprits. She said, “Whatever is happening is not right and it shouldn’t happen. In our country, if threats are given openly, it is not a correct thing. I think strict action should be taken against it.”

In November, members of the fringe right wing group Rajput Karni Sena and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) media coordinator from Haryana, Suraj Pal Amu, offered a bounty for beheading Bhansali and Padukone. The BJP media coordinator also threatened to break Singh's legs. However, none of the culprits have been arrested so far.