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Haryana's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Media Coordinator Suraj Pal Amu on Sunday passed derogatory remarks against 'Padmavati' filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, actress Deepika Padukone and actor Ranveer Singh.
Amu threatened actor Ranveer Singh, who is playing Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji in the movie, for supporting Bhansali.
"If you (Ranveer Singh) do not take back your words, we will break your legs [Agar tune apne shabd wapas nahin liye, toh teri taango ko todkar tere haathon mein de dengey)," he said, adding slurs against the actor.
He also praised the Meerut youth for announcing Rs 5 crore bounty for beheading Deepika and Bhansali.
"I want to congratulate the Meerut youth for announcing Rs 5 crore bounty for beheading Deepika, and Bhansali. We will reward the ones beheading them, with Rs 10 crore, and also take care of their family's needs," he added.
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The BJP leader further added, "The Rajputs in Gujarat will vote for the party in the upcoming Assemby elections only if Padmavati is banned. The prime minister must exercise his powers under the Constitution to ban the movie."
Meanwhile, Akhand Rashtrawadi Party members in Lucknow staged a demonstration against the movie Padmavati and said they filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Delhi High Court against the film.
Meanwhile, the makers of the upcoming movie have voluntarily postponed its release date, in the face of absence of requisite clearances.
The movie was scheduled to release on December 1.
The movie, starring actors Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor, had not received a clearance from the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
The new release date of Padmavati is yet to be announced.
The movie, based on the legend of Rani Padmini, a Hindu Rajput queen, mentioned in Padmavat, an Avadhi poem written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540, had been facing protests from various groups, including Shri Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering with historical facts.
Here are some Twitter reactions
@narendramodi i am not sure what is happening . But such statements wont do any good to the party..— vijay (@1warriorwithin) November 20, 2017
I'm so upset with the delay in the release of @FilmPadmavati. It's a shame that 70 years after independence India has regressed so much that the rule of law cannot prevail, that hoodlums can appear on TV and threaten to behead an artist. We should all be ashamed today!— Aseem Chhabra (@chhabs) November 19, 2017
Time for BJP to prove that they are not terrorist /ISI group, by removing this man from the party without delay along with apology with the nation. People are watching.. #Padmavati #PadmavatiFight pic.twitter.com/N1vbAMaSkr— Darshan... (@shettydarshan) November 19, 2017