Indian Hindu extremist politician offers £1M for beheading of Bollywood star over Hindu queen, Muslim ruler romance film.
The yet to be released the film, has sparked controversy for showing romance between a Muslim ruler and a Hindu queen.
Suraj Pal Amu, a Bharatiya Janata Party leader from the northern state of Haryana, made the reward offer to anyone that will kill the actress Deepika Padukone and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
The film “Padmavati” was due to be released on 1st Dec, has now been delayed due the ongoing situation.
Amu has claimed that they will do everything possible to not allow the film to be released.
The movie “Padmavati” is based on a 16th century Sufi epic poem, “Padmavat,” a fictional character of a beautiful and a brave Rajput queen who preferred death over being the slave of king of Delhi. Even though there is very little historical evidence to support it.
Deepika Padukone, the actress who plays the role of Padmini, the historic queen who committed “jauhar” the medieval Rajput practice in which women of royal households walked into funeral fires to embrace death over the dishonour of being taken captive.
The film has been in hot water since the start of the year, Hindu extremist group have many times attacked the film set and threatened to burn the cinemas that shows the film. Bhansali was physically attacked in January by extremist Hindu group but managed to escape.
The extremist groups claim that Bhansali has distorted history by adding romance between the Rajput Queen and the king of Delhi. Bhansali claims all allegations are baseless.
The head of the Rajput Karni Sena in Rajasthan said: Deepika Padukone should be ashamed of herself for being part of such a film and should cut her nose — a symbol of public humiliation in India.
Even though Local government has reassured Deepika that they will take strict action against those threatening her.
India has a population of 1.3 billion. It is the largest democracy in the world and have made good economic progress but still has a medieval thinking.
This is not the first time that a film or a book writer has received death threats from the Hindu extremist groups because they either offend their religion or are deemed offensive to Indian culture in general.
Indian film censor board usually scrubs of sex scenes from Hollywood film like “Fifty shades of Grey” was rejected by Indian film censor board saying it was an “Erotic drama”.
“The Da Vinci Code” was banned in the state of Goa, which has a large Christian population.
Last Monday, the Indian Supreme Court did not ban the controversial film, saying it’s the duty of the censor board to decide the film’s fate and not of Supreme Court.
In its decision, the court said: “The censor board has a role and the Supreme Court cannot assume that role. Why should the court interfere to stop the release of a movie which has not been cleared by the censor board?”.
American historian Wendy Doniger’s book “The Hindus: An Alternative History” had to be removed from shelves and all copies destroyed after Hindu Extremist groups would attack and burn down any shop which had the book. The group’s main objection was that the book described Hindu mythological texts as fictional.