Politician offers .5M in Bollywood actress, director beheadings
An Indian politician belonging to a Hindu nationalist party has called for the beheading of a popular Bollywood actress and her director over a film that allegedly misinterprets a legend about a Hindu queen.
Suraj Pal Amu, leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, offered a $1.5 million reward in the bounty against actress Deepika Padukone and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Sunday.
“We will reward the ones beheading (Padukone and Bhansali) with Rs 10 crore, and also take care of their family’s needs,” Amu said, according to the Washington Post citing news agency ANI.
The film “Padmavati,” which is based on the centuries-old poem “Padmavat” about Queen Padmini’s life, was set for release on Dec. 1, but producers have postponed it for a later date.
Many accuse the director for distorting history by adding a romantic scene involving the queen. Several groups opposing the movie previously attacked the film’s set and Bhansali in January.
Rajput Karni Sena leader Mahipal Singh Makrana said Padukone should have her nose cut because of her portrayal of the queen.
“It’s absolutely appalling,” Padukone said, according to the Post. “What have we gotten ourselves into? And where have we reached as a nation?”
“The only people we are answerable to is the censor board, and I know and I believe that nothing can stop the release of this film,” the actress continued.
With News Wire Services