Padmavati has gone and is still going through a lot of trouble. While the entire industry is supporting Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone, the Karni Sena doesn’t want the film to release as it might hurt sentiments and alter history.
Recently, at an award function, Shahid Kapoor was asked to speak about the film, and he said, “No one wants to make a film to hurt sentiments because it’s for as many people as possible to see. I hope people will believe in that. This film has a lot of firsts attached to it. I don’t know what the end result will be — better than what we expect or worse. People react to a story anyway, and if it has originality and the right cinematic quality, it will work. The reaction will be positive. This is a really good film and I am hoping people will like it.”
Talking about his director and how much he feels for his precarious position right now, Shahid said, “My heart goes out to Bhansali. He’s probably the finest filmmaker I have worked with. He has tried his level best. See, eventually, everything becomes subjective. It’s a democracy and everyone can have an opinion. The whole idea of a democracy is to respect one another’s opinion and do our work with a lot of love, affection, warmth and a belief that the person on the other side is not deliberately trying to harm us. Bhansali has been at the receiving end of a lot of criticism. He has not been able to show his film. And for someone of his calibre to not be able to do that at this juncture in his career is not right. I am just wishing, praying and sending him my love every day of my life. Let’s just see the film because it’s already been shot.”
Well, Shahid, like you, we too hope that the film sees the light of the day soon!