Prakash Jha on Padmavati controversy: Opposition in India is not a new phenomenon

As filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati is facing backlashes from the community organizations, Prakash Jha believes that India being a democratic country, people have the right to express their disagreements.

Present at the press conference of 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival, Prakash Jha said, “There is no harm in people speaking up. It has always been the case. You may not like so many things of mine but you don’t want me to go or eliminate me. But it is not a new phenomenon. It always happens. In this country, no matter which party is in power, if you try making a film which they think may go against the government, you may face problems.”

Talking about the power of censorship, Prakash Jha said, “While they talk about certain issues on freedom when in the opposition, the moment they come to power, everything changes. It is not in the hands of the film industry to set the guidelines. They have to be set by society, by the people.”

Despite of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s video refuting rumours about the film’s sequence between Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmini, Supreme Court is considering to put a stay order on the release of the magnum opus Padmavati. However, CBFC too would like to monitor all the portions of the film before issuing certification to the film.

Releasing on December 1, Padmavati is an epic drama film which features Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh, Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji. The film marks the first onscreen collaboration of Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor.