Film Industry Supports Padmavati-Plans 15 Minute Blackout


The Indian Films and TV Directors’ Association (IFTDA) have plans for a 15 minutes blackout on Sunday to support ‘Padmavati’.

Resistances against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ have been increasing every day. In such trying times, IFTDA has expressed plans of a 15 minutes blackout on Sunday. This is to show their support for ‘Padmavati’.

As confirmed by IANS, Ashoke Pandit of IFTDA stated on the matter. He said, “We will keep showing our support for Padmavati and Bhansali. As it is the basic right of a creative person to tell a story in his own way. Sanjay is a responsible filmmaker, and making a film on history is not something easy for him. It is a big responsibility. To express our solidarity (with the film), we are gathering on Sunday. For a 15-minute blackout, all shooting units in Mumbai will put off lights and no shootings will take place.”

Pandit added that IFTDA has always condemned the bodies that protest against the movies and threaten makers of the film. He further stated that they have faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi for serving justice to ‘Padmavati’.

Even earlier along with IFTDA other television and film bodies had come forward in support of the ‘Padmavati’ stars.

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The controversy started with the rumour that there is an alleged dream sequence between Alauddin Khalji and Queen Padmini. This deeply hurt the sentiments of the fringe group Rajput Karni Sena. As an aftermath, the members of the Sena vandalized the film’s sets in Jaipur. They even manhandled Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Even after this misconception was clarified by the director, the protests have continued. Read Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s statement here Watch Video: Sanjay Leela Bhansali Reacts To Padmavati’s Dream Sequence Controversy

Team Padmavati has not had it easy. With protests being held at Chittorgarh Fort, a body hanging off Nahargarh Fort’s wall, to the movie being banned in five states. Threats of beheading director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and cutting Deepika Padukone’s nose are made.

Midst these threats and ban on the film, Padmavati will be releasing in Britain. The makers are waiting for the CBFC to review the film before it releases in the international market.