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Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar request Bollywood to take a stand on 'Padmavati'
The row surrounding Bhansali's historical drama does not seem to go into reverse gear; each day brings in some new ruckus involving the film.

Hard biting remarks to harsher sermons, the film has evoked a lot of rage and outcry amongst many sects, especially the Rajput caste. Many film personalities have come up with their own views and beliefs condemning the government's stand of deliberately delaying the movie's release.

Actor Shabana Azmi and lyricists Javed Akhtar have asked the Indian film fraternity to not to become "puppets in this game of electoral gains, divisive politics and polarization."

The outrage over the film continues to be in an uglier shade with each passing day. The couple feel that the BJP government at the Centre and some states should handle the protests against the film in a better way.

According to sources, while speaking to India Today's Rajdeep Sardesai on Saturday, Shabana Azami and Javed Akhtar expressed their views on the same, and said that they felt that the real culprit was not a single person but the state governments of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh along with the Central government. The couple reiterated that the law and order situation had gone haywire and the governments of the states have not shown a keen interest to arrest the culprits who have announced rewards on the head of Deepika Padukone.

Azmi said, "Too much has happened and too repeatedly," emphasizing the fact that this was not the first time that dissent against a film has taken a nasty turn.

She further added, "To me, it is a very sorry state of affairs. That it was in 2000, I think, when we were making the film Water and after I had shaved off my head, the film had to be scrapped. We couldn't make the film, nobody had read a single word of the script and they had decided that it was against Indian culture."

Azmi has called for a boycott of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) which is currently being held in Goa. Javed Akhtar also said that if people have a problem with the film they should seek help from the court.

"For discussion's sake, even if one was to accept that somebody's feelings have been hurt, that she was indeed a historical figure, and so on, what are we doing about it? Are you going to cut somebody's nose or chop off somebody's head? Is that how a civilised country will work?," the veteran lyricist said.

Actors Prakash Raj, Riteish Deshmukh and Twinkle Khanna have also tweeted in support of the film. There have been many other supporters too who have expressed their dismay over the delay and the controversy going around the film.

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