ARE STATE LEADERS GIVING IN TO COMMUNITY PRESSURE TO CENSURE PADMAVATI?

Padmavati row: Nitish Kumar says film won’t be released in Bihar until Bhansali clarifies his stand Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati will not be released in the state until the director has clarified his stand on the controversy, The Indian Express reported. The film, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, has been in the midst of a controversy since January, with Rajput groups and others accusing Bhansali of distorting history. “As people from several quarters have been raising questions on Padmavati, the director of the film should clarify his stand,” Kumar said, according to The Indian Express. “Till then, the film will not be shown in Bihar.” He further said that the filmmakers should not have shown Rani Padmini dancing. However, an IANS report claimed that Kumar has already banned the film in Bihar on the request of Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Neeraj Kumar Bablu. Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij too jumped into the controversy on Tuesday. He told ANI, “I am astonished that in a democracy we need court’s permission to express ourselves.” Kumar and Vij’s comments came on a day when the Supreme Court criticised those holding power or public offices who...

IS CREATIVE FREEDOM UNDER THREAT IN OUR COUNTRY?

Creative freedom in ICU... Mona Creative freedom has been the burning issue this week. First, two films got dropped from International Film Festival of India, resulting in Sujoy Ghosh stepping down from its jury. Second, the vandalism over yet-to-release Padmavati for hurting religious sentiments continue; a multiplex in Kota where the trailer of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus was screened bore the brunt. Actor-director Farhan Akhtar opened a new front by pointing out that there is ‘lack of unity in the film fraternity’. Is it just a transient phase or a serious one in which creative expression is in the line of fire? Writers, filmmakers and film enthusiasts share their take. It’s very unfortunate Attacks on creative freedom have worsened over the last few years. Not only is this unfortunate but shameful that no one from the authority has taken a stand on it. We have seen goons having their way whether it was Padmavati, Udta Punjab, or Indu Sarkar. The jury is set up by the government and the films passed by it and cleared by the Censor Board, how can they just be drooped? Marathi cinema is thriving and to drop its opening film at IFFI is just not...

IS THE FURORE OVER PADMAVATI A SHAM TO PROMOTE THE MOVIE?

Give 'Padmavati' a chance, don't form preconceived notions: Shahid Kapoor MUMBAI: His upcoming film "Padmavati" is facing opposition from many quarters in the country, but actor Shahid Kapoor has urged the people to first watch the movie without harbouring any preconceived notions. Several outfits in Noida protested against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed film yesterday and appealed to the masses not to watch the movie, due to release on November 1. SOURCE - ET FILM ASSOCIATIONS BACK SANJAY LEELA BHANSALI Recently facing heat for his upcoming period film Padmavati, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali got the support of the Indian Film and Television Directors' Association (IFTDA). IFTDA will on Monday lead an appeal to Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani and Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Members of IFTDA, Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA), Western India Cinematographers Association (WICA), Screenwriters Association (SWA) and Association of Cine and Television Art Directors & Costume Designers will hold a press meet today. SOURCE - MUMBAI MIRROR

WHO IS THE BIGGEST LIVING BOLLYWOOD SUPERSTAR?

The people’s superstar Even as Aamir Khan readies for the release of Advait Chandan’s Secret Superstar, he sits down and chats about his character Shakti Kumar, working with Amitabh Bachchan, the futility of awards and Oscars, and more. Excerpts: SOURCE - ASIAN AGE Amitabh Bachchan turns 75: How the veteran superstar established a strong south Indian base For some it was Zanjeer. For a few it, was Deewar, maybe Don. For many, it would be Sholay. For me it was Mohabbatein. No, these are not answers to ‘name your favourite Amitabh Bachchan role’ but a list of his films, which people saw for the first time in a movie hall in South India. Yes, it took me the turn of the millennium to watch Mr Bachchan on the big screen. Forgive me Big B fans, I was busy growing up with my own superstar and Ulaganayagan, but that does not compare to the sheer might of Amitabh Bachchan, as he turns a glorious 75 SOURCE - FIRSTPOST

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