What happened with Padmaavat was sad proving that the nation and its ideologies are still regressive. A film that became a topic of political debates, innocents had to bear the brunt of the violent protests, bounties were issued on actors’ head, and Sanjay Leela Bhansali was assaulted on his on own sets. Before the movie could make a mark in the history of Indian cinema for its brilliance, it created history, however, for all the wrong reasons.
Some people, on the other hand, argue that all that hoopla and all the protests that happened were pre-planned strategy by the makers to promote the film. Was it really a public gimmick? We find it hard to believe that.
Nana Patekar, an actor who we remember for several brilliant characters he gave life to, and who quietly does his bit for the society, says if that controversy surrounding Padmaavat, by any chance, was a publicity gimmick, he doesn’t support it. He would never indulge in malpractices to make films hit, he says.
“If at all that is the case, then I would prefer my film to be a super flop rather than go for such unacceptable violence to make a movie a success at the box office.”
He added that people should come to watch a film in theatres with the excitement to see what the makers have done in the film rather than due to “any such measures”.