Following the Madhya Pradesh government, a leader of the ruling BJP in Maharashtra also said that Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone’s upcoming film ‘Pathaan’ is “insulting Hindutva” and “will not be allowed”. Hindutva activists and BJP leaders see a community angle in their use of “holy saffron” for Deepika Padukone’s “vulgar” bikini in “Besharam Rang”, a song released as part of a promotion ahead of next month’s release.
In today’s tweets, Maharashtra BJP MLA Ram Kadam even alluded to Deepika Padukone’s solidarity with some Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students in Delhi 2020 after they were attacked by a mob. allegedly backed by the ruling BJP and other RSS affiliates.
“JNU-dhaari” (those who stand with JNU) are hurting the feelings of “janeu-dhaari” (Hindu followers who wear Brahmin’s holy rope), he said in tweets with Hindi and Marathi languages.
“Any film or series that offends Hindutva will not be allowed to screen in Maharashtra,” he added, initialing with “Jai Sri Ram”.
That is one of the . महाराष्ट्र के भूमी पर #हिंदुत्व It happened to him and so did he. This is one of the best.
– Ram Kadam (@ramkadam) December 16, 2022
He requested that since Maharashtra – home of the Hindi film industry – has a “government with Hindutva ideology”, the film’s producer and director must explain themselves to “the saints, mahatmas, Hindu organizations and millions of people on social media” who protested the film.
Many of the protesters, including BJP leaders, have accused what they call “love jihad”, referring to the marriage of the Hindu actress and the Muslim actor as well. their “turmeric” and “green” outfits in the song “Besharam Rang”. They have called for a boycott of the movie or even the entire Bollywood.
The filmmakers did not react while there were protests in places like Indore in Madhya Pradesh, where effigies of Shah Rukh Khan were burned.
Shah Rukh Khan showed up to tackle it, talk about online toxicity in Kolkata on Thursday: “The general narrative of our times is shaped by social media. Contrary to the belief that social media will negatively affect cinema, I believe that cinema is even more powerful today. has a more important role.”
– NDTV (@ndtv) December 15, 2022
The comments come a day after Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra said that if certain scenes in the song are not “fixed”, the state’s BJP government “will consider what to do about it” with the screening of the film”.
– NDTV (@ndtv) December 14, 2022
Opposing ‘Pathaan’ attached to Similar protest against Aamir Khan’s film, whose comments on the socio-political environment and on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in interviews decades ago are often referred to as “anti-national”. Deepika Padukone’s ‘Padmaavat’ (2018) has also faced protests over accusations of being “anti-Rajput” and “anti-Hindu”.
Also, Amitabh Bachchan, who did not want to be named, said at the event in Kolkata on Thursday that “questions are being raised about civil liberties and freedom of expression”. That caused a The Twitter war between Bengal’s Trinamool Congress and the Center’s ruling BJP, fierce opponents accuse each other of being “tyranny”.
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