Actor-comedian Kapil Sharma has thrown his weight behind Deepika Padukone, who’s facing a barrage of attacks from the right-wing brigade over her next release Padmavati.
Speaking to PTI, the 36-year-old comedian said, “On one hand, you say that Deepika is the national pride… You talk about women empowerment. I think everyone must have felt that it (threats) was wrong.”
Several right-wing groups including a prominent office-bearer of the BJP in Haryana recently issued death threats to Deepika and the film’s director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The BJP’s chief media coordinator even announced a bounty of Rs 10 crore for anyone who could kill Deepika and Bhansali.
The right-wing Hindutva groups are protesting against the film have accusing the filmmaker of “distorting historical facts”.
Kapil, whose next release Firangi is about to be released soon said that India was a democratic country and people could put their views forward, but one cannot issue threats.
Commenting on the postponed release of “Padmavati”, the actor said the matter fell under the domain of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) as it had the final authority.
“As far as the release of the film is concerned, the CBFC is there for it and they should look at it. If they find something objectionable in it, they should make a decision about it,” he said.
Also featuring Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, the film was scheduled to arrive in cinema halls on December 1, but has been deferred by the makers until further notice.