Ram Kadam, legislator from Ghatkopar in Mumbai, threatened to block the shooting of every future Bhansali film.
Now, Mumbai BJP politician jumps onto anti-Padmavati bandwagon
15 Nov 2017 21:10 IST
Updated : 21:15 IST
Ram Kadam, Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Ghatkopar in Mumbai and head of the Film Studio and Allied Mazdoor Union, has joined the bandwagon of politicians calling for a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Padmavati.
Kadam warned today that if Bhansali did not "remove objectionable scenes" from the film, he would not be allowed to shoot any films in the city in future.
Speaking to the ANI news agency, Kadam said, "Our union will not support a person who distorts history for the publicity of his film and will demand a ban if needed. If Bhansali does not agree [to delete some scenes], our union will not let him shoot any film in the future."
Will take decision this afternoon. Our union won't support person who distorts history for publicity of his film, will demand ban. If Bhansali doesn't agree, our union won't let him shoot any film: BJP MLA & head of Film Studio Setting & Allied Majdoor Union, Ram Kadam #Padmavati pic.twitter.com/ZDZzuDCVoV— ANI (@ANI) November 15, 2017
Meanwhile, Rajput Karni Sena member Lokendra Kalvi threatened violence if Bhansali's film contained what he called objectionable content. The group had previously demanded that the film be shown to it before its release on 1 December.
The group had also carried out a protest in Bengaluru's Freedom Park earlier in the day. Five hundred members of the Rajput Karni Sena gathered in the park demanding that the movie's release be stalled.
These demands come as a contradiction to the BJP's stance that the film will be allowed to be released in theatres. Earlier in the week, filmmakers and members of the Indian Film and Television Directors Association (IFTDA) wrote to Union information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani and home minister Rajnath Singh to 'allow freedom of expression for filmmakers'.
Indian Film and Television Director's Association Convener Ashoke Pandit writes to Maharashtra CM, express gratitude for providing security to #SanjayLeelaBhansali . #Padmavati pic.twitter.com/VKxWn1vxb1— ANI (@ANI) November 15, 2017
Earlier in the day, the Maharashtra government offered police protection to director Bhansali against threats of violence.