Political fraternity expresses shock, condemns attack on Sanjay Bhansali
Mumbai/Delhi, [India], Jan. 28 (ANI): Cutting across party lines, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Janata Dal United (JD-U) condemned the yesterday's assault on filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali by Rajput Karni Sena workers.
"It is an unfortunate incident. We are governed by the rule of law and we must respect it. If you are in disagreement with regard to certain depictions or way of expressing oneself, then you have remedial measures in law. You are not supposed to take law in your own hands," Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Majeed Memon saidon Saturday.
"These incidents defame our country. Such violence should be stopped and government should look into the matter," he added.
JD-U leader Pawan Verma said violence does not lead to any kind of solution.
"The manner in which Mr. Bhansali has been attacked is totally unacceptable. It is completely against the dialogic nature of Indian civilisation. Intimidation cannot be used to procure submission, instead there should be argument, there should be dialogue, and communication. These acts should be condemned and those who go with violence must be acted against under the law," Verma said.
Veteran actor Raza Murad said, "This incident is very unfortunate. I think the film industry should come up with a censor office on every road and send the scripts to each and every political party in order to get their approval".
"This is not acceptable on any ground. The government has to take firm actions, otherwise it will seem like it's a 'jangal raj'," he added.
Rajput Karni Sena workers on Friday created ruckus and vandalised the sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmavati' in Jaipur's Nahargarh Fort, claiming the film shows much-celebrated Rajput queen in 'poor light'.
The protesters manhandled the ace director and alleged that the film has love scenes between Queen Padmini and ruler Alauddin Khilji, played by actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh.
The Karni Sena claims that Rani Padmini was a proud queen known for taking her own life rather than submitting to Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji who attacked the Chittorgarh Fort in 1303. (ANI)