Shahid Kapoor whose much-awaited magnum opus ‘Padmavati’ is facing allegations from extremist and fringe groups that it depicts factual inaccuracies, portraying the Rajput queen Padmavati in a bad light, hopes that the film will work despite getting embroiled in controversy. The actor says the films aren’t made intensely to hurt anyone’s sentiments.
“No one wants to make a film to hurt sentiments because it’s for as many people as possible to see. I hope people will believe in that. This film has a lot of firsts attached to it. I don’t know what the end result will be — better than what we expect or worse. People react to a story anyway, and if it has originality and the right cinematic quality, it will work. The reaction will be positive. This is a really good film and I am hoping people will like it,” Shahid said at a recent award show in Mumbai.
Expressing his views on the ongoing controversy of ‘Padmavati’, Shahid said that he is amazed by the way things have happened. “We are surprised that it’s taking longer than anyone had anticipated. The release date has been deferred. People have chosen to make their decisions before seeing the film. I have been saying from the beginning that everyone should decide only after they’ve seen the film. I’ve been urging people to not have any preconceived notions about the film, which are not based on facts. I think facts can be discussed only when people have seen the movie.”
Deepika Padukone who portrays the central character in ‘Padmavati’ has received death threats and a bounty was also placed on her head by a member of a local political party. Reacting to this disgusting incident, Shahid called it “terrible”. “I didn’t expect this — so much being spoken about a lady. I am very shocked with that.”
Supporting the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Shahid said, “My heart goes out to Bhansali. He’s probably the finest filmmaker I have worked with. He has tried his level best. See, eventually, everything becomes subjective. It’s a democracy and everyone can have an opinion. The whole idea of a democracy is to respect one another’s opinion and do our work with a lot of love, affection, warmth and a belief that the person on the other side is not deliberately trying to harm us. Bhansali has been at the receiving end of a lot of criticism. He has not been able to show his film. And for someone of his calibre to not be able to do that at this juncture in his career is not right. I am just wishing, praying and sending him my love every day of my life. Let’s just see the film because it’s already been shot.”
Produced by Viacom 18 Movies and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, ‘Padmavati’ was earlier scheduled to release on December 1 but it was voluntarily postponed after Censor Board refused to give it the certificate. The film is now expected to be released in February 2018.