Sharmila Tagore on Padmaavat ban

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat has been embroiled in controversies ever since it was announced. Protests from Rajput Karni Sena has led to the postponement of the film’s release. After being passed by CBFC with five modifications, the film is now scheduled to release on January 25, 2018.

At a recent event, Sharmila Tagore was asked about people not taking a stand against issues like a ban on Padmaavat. The veteran actress said, “Today if you speak up, there is an instant backlash and it does affect your film. People really don’t want to go and see a film, if they feel there will be unrest or violence.”

“Also the producers don’t want you to say anything because they say our business will get affected. So don’t be too heroic about it. So everybody is looking at their business angle. They feel this will die down. It is very frustrating. You have made a film and everybody has worked diligently, it is their career. All the actors are waiting for the film. If it doesn’t do well it is going to affect them,” she added.

She went on to say that the film industry doesn’t stand united to set up a law against such issues. Instead, they take the matters in their own hands.

“All the big producers pick up the phone and speak to ministers or authorities concerned to sort out their problem. In that way the industry does not gain much. If everybody comes together, then maybe a law will be enacted, a precedent will be set. They want to sort out their own problems. The big boys — Karan Johar, Bhansali — would sort out their problems individually,” said Sharmila.