Salman Khan avoids taking sides on Padmavati row, says we don’t know what is right and what is wrong
Salman Khan has a rather balanced view on the ongoing debate over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s epic historical drama Padmavati. With so much happening around the film, the superstar finds it confusing to decide what is wrong and what is right. However, he does feel that a controversy around a film only leads to loss.
Speaking at an event organized by a leading daily in New Delhi, Salman spoke at length when he was asked to comment on the film, which has been facing the ire of fringe groups over alleged distortion of facts.
The Tubelight actor said, “No one gains from a controversy around a film, and only leads to loss. The film gets delayed, people panic and refrain from going to theatres. In fact, theatre owners also get scared that the screening of the film might lead to protest outside their cinema halls.”
“I don’t think it’s fair to hurt anyone’s sentiments or to comment on a film without seeing it first,” added the actor, who worked with Bhansali in his debut film Khamoshi: The Musical and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.
Refraining from taking any sides on the burning issue, Salman further said, “In this case, there are so many developments, we don’t know what is right and what is wrong. Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) and Supreme Court need to take a decision. We will respect the decision that CBFC takes as it is a government body.”
Padmavati tells the tale of the valour and courage of Rajput queen Rani Padmavati. The film first became the center of controversies when in February this year, its sets in Jaipur were vandalised by the Rajasthan-based fringe group Rajput Karni Sena and its National Film Award-winning director was physically assaulted.
The film, produced by Bhansali Productions, stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in the lead roles. Its release has been postponed indefinitely.