The recent attack on the noted filmmaker, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, has caused widespread outrage both in India and among lovers of Hindi cinema abroad. The unfortunate incident has also left the supporters of freedom of expression utterly shocked.
Up until now the violent attack by Karni Sena workers were seen isolated incident without any political motive being attached to the condemnable act. However, an old video of the Karni Sena chief, Lokendra Singh Kalvi, conclusively proves the group’s links with the BJP.
In the video (see below), Kalvi is seen confessing his admiration for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindutva ideology.
He says in the video, “Today Narendra Modi is the only symbol of country’s pride. Today after speaking to General VK Singh and Vasundhara Raje Scindia, we’ve decided to align the saffron colours of both two groups, the BJP and Karni Sena as this is the need of the hour.”
This puts Ram Gopal Varma’s criticism for Modi in perspective now. Varma on Saturday had tweeted blaming Modi for taking India to new heights of ‘burey din’ (bad days).
“@narendramodi I don’t know when ur achchey din will come but Bhansali incident makes me feel India’s days going back to heights of burey din Bhansali is an artiste and if any country cannot protect its artistes from street hooligans it doesn’t deserve to be called a country,” Ram Gopal Varma had tweeted.
Members of Karni Sena on Friday had demonstrated against Bhansali’s “Padmavati”, which is being shot in Rajasthan, for allegedly distorting historical facts involving Padmavati. The violent mob had stalled the shooting of film at the Jaigarh fort, slapped Bhansali and pulled his hair.
The video of the renowned filmmaker being attacked by the violent mob had gone viral on social media platforms.
A host of Bollywood celebrities including filmmakers Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap and Mukesh Bhatt have condemned the attack on Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Friday by activists of a Rajput community during the shooting of a film, and called for a united stand by the film industry to ensure safety of artists.