“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.”
Google the word and the first thing you observe is this brutally honest and extremely relevant quote by an anonymous gentleman or lady.
Why this quote, you may ask? This is to describe the deeply disturbing and shocking incident that happened in the city of Jaipur. Ace filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali was mercilessly assaulted by the Rajput Karni Sena in the Pink City. The reason for their unpardonable and horrific behavior is the alleged distortion of facts in his magnum opus, PADMAVATI.
To add woes to the entire team’s worries, the spokesperson of the organization, Mr. Lokhendra Singh released a statement that they were the ones who were threatened with gunshots by the team of PADMAVATI.
It’s really saddening that they refuse to accept their opprobrium and realize the wrong they’ve caused, not only to the crew but also the magnanimous set that was built with lots of perspiration and passion.
But such inglorious and infamous incidents aren’t new to history. Here are some films that had to bear the brunt of such venom and violence.
For all those who think this SRK monster had a smooth release, they should go back in time and read about the hurdles the makers had to face. Threading to ban the film in the state of Maharashtra due to the presence of the Pakistani actor, Mahira Khan, Raj Thackeray ensured he achieved what he wanted. The controversy, however, died when the leading man and the producers had a meeting with the Shiv Sena chief and requested him to allow them to release the film smoothly. The question is- Where’s the freedom ?
Are we still being ruled instead of ruling?
AE DIL HAI MUSHKIL (2016)
This Karan Johar sob saga had to experience the same hurdles and hiccups. A huge controversy had broken out after the unfortunate and unforgiving Uri attacks in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Fawad Khan, a prominent character of the film had to fly back to hometown due to the incident. With threats to vandalize the single screens and multiplexes screening ADHM, Johar was asked to pay 5 crores from the film’s opening day collections to the families of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the attacks.
A scathing attack on the reservation system that has almost threatened to cripple the education system of our country, Prakash Jha’s AARAKSHAN was banned in as many as three states- Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. It was alleged that the film paints a negative canvas of the Dalit groups and may hurt their sentiments. All these archaic and asinine allegations cropped up even before the film’s official release. Now decide the joke’s on whom.
JODHA AKBAR (2008)
The epic tale of Emperor Akbar and his wife JODHA invited the wrath of the same Rajput group that had derailed and halted the shoot of PADMAVATI.
The film was banned in the state of Rajasthan as it was alleged (yes, again) that there were distortion of facts and it suffered from historical inaccuracies. Any guesses did they see the film or not? Don’t even try.
There’s an urgent sense of tension and panic in the industry currently. It’ll be much better if these starts stop merely expressing their pain and anguish on social media. It’s time for them to take some action and capitalize their fame and stardom to finally put an end to such irritants.