Never one to mince words, Shatrughan Sinha now lashes out at folks from his own fraternity—cinema and politics—on the Padmavati controversy. Says Shatruji, “On some level I can understand the silence of my colleagues in the BJP. After all what can they say when the miscreants and fringe elements are given a free hand? Still I’d like to say it’s too late for our dynamic Prime Minister and the other high command to stay silent. Padmavati is a raging issue. And the fringe elements are openly issuing threats. How can the High Command keep quiet when goons are threatening to behead Bhansali and Deepika Padukone? It’s time for our honourable prime minister to say, enough is enough. If you give the goons a free reign they will continue to cross limits in ways we wouldn’t be able to control.”
Shatruji is even less tolerant of the silence within the film industry. “One of our country’s most precious filmmakers is being bullied and threatened. And all of them are looking the other way? What a shame! No one except Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar—who are always fearless in opposing injustice-- has come out to condemn the violence. I can understand Bachchan Saab’s silence. He has always been wary of getting into controversies. But what about the rest? Industry mein itna sannatta kyon?”
He feels Bhansali is partially to blame for the film industry’s silence. “He has never come out to support anyone. Why should they stick their necks out now? Even after he was assaulted the first time (in Rajasthan) he did not file an FIR.”
Shatruji feels it is okay to show Padmavati to fringe elements. “Saach ko aanch nahin. If you are honest in your intentions why are you afraid to show the film to the doubters and protesters? Dikhado aur baat khatam karo.”
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