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IFFI Goa 2017: Foreign filmmakers react over Padmavati controversy
The controversy over the movie Padmavati is no longer confined to the country but has also spread in the international arena. Foreign filmmakers present at the International Film Festival of India 2017 reacted to the row over Padmavati.

Iranian director Majid Majidi and many other foreign filmmakers present at the International Film Festival of India expressed their concern over the entire chain of events.

The much hyped controversy surrounding the film Padmavati has evoked the international movie fraternity to observe how 'autocratic' and 'dangerous' voices and actions are invading the freedom of expression in India badly affecting the Indian film industry.

Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi and Toranto International Film artistic director Cameron Bailey who were part of the 48th International Film Festival of India voiced their support for Bhansali.

According to reports, Majidi told on the opening day of the festival that "Artistes face this kind of situations because of the talent and desire they have. That extends to filmmakers too. They should not stop innovation in their work because of adverse conditions."

The IFFI itself has been under the scanner for not including the two films – S Durga and Nude. These two films were excluded from screening due to alleged criticism over distortion of facts. The films have been much talked about throughout the entire film festival. Majidi was among the artistes and film personalities who visited IFFI held at Goa between November 20-28, 2017.

As told to IANS, Michael J Werner, who is a film and media consultant said, "I think it is a dangerous trend because you shouldn't have a government dictating history. What is happening with this particular movie ('Padmavati') seems to be a minister or a department or a state saying that we don't accept that representation of history."

"I don't know whether it is factual or not, but it is still a kind of an autocratic response."

Padmavati is a tale which depicts fortitude and bravery of Rani Padmavati. It has been under controversy since first day of its shoot. The film's sets in Jaipur were attacked by Rajput fringe group Karni Sena over allegedly some intimate scenes between Alaudin Khilji and Padmavati. The threat continues and the film is struggling to make it to the theatres.

The British Board of Film Classification has already given a nod for the release of the film without a single cut but the row over banning the film in India has been raging on.

French film producer, Ilan Girard, while opining that, albeit, it's an 'Indian topic', said, "My perception is that film and the cultural industry should not be taken hostage of the conflicts."

Mike Doughtery from Radiant Films International, which is a distributor of films worldwide, feels that it is unfortunate and the controversy is denying the filmmakers and the audience a chance to watch the film.

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