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Padmavati row: Kamal Haasan says Indians are being over sensitive

Kamal Haasan says that the people in the country believe the negative first and also said that the protests against Deepika Padukone’s Padmavati is wrong.

bollywood Updated: Nov 26, 2017 20:08 IST
Indo Asian News Service
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Actor Kamal Haasan spoke about his films that faced the same treatment as Padmavati. (IANS)

Veteran actor Kamal Haasan, who earlier came out in support of Padmavati actor Deepika Padukone amid protests and death threats hurled at her for being a part of the film, says people are being “over-sensitive” on the issue.

“We are being over sensitive. I am saying so in the capacity of being an Indian. In a country where politicians wanted citizens to come upfront in the past... that doesn’t mean I am dismissing off a whole group of people... There are enough Kamals not enough podiums,” said Kamal during a discussion at the Times Delhi Lit Fest on Saturday.

Bhansali’s attempt to bring alive the story of Rajput queen Rani Padmavati on the silver screen with his movie Padmavati hasn’t gone down well with Hindu groups. It features Deepika as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as her husband and a warrior king and Ranveer Singh essays Alauddin Khilji.

Bhansali faced many hurdles while shooting the film, but the protests escalated as the film neared its release date. There are conjectures that it “distorts history” regarding the Rajput queen, and Bhansali has denied it repeatedly.

The movie’s release date has been deferred from the original December 1 date, but there are efforts from Hindu groups to have it banned. Kamal, whose films too have faced threats on the same level be it for Hey Ram or Vishwaroopam, says the current clamour around Padmavati is a “problem”, but it is not new.

“There is a problem but it’s not new. When my film Hey Ram was to release, somebody in Congress (political party) thought it should be banned just by looking at the poster. But they did not know what was in the film. Censors were being extra careful. Certification board behaved like censor board,” said Kamal, who has been a part of the film industry for almost five decades.

“All my films had a problem for reasons I am still trying to understand. Same goes for rumours when you send a sms (message) and it distributes. We are always ready to believe the negativity first. It (protests) is wrong. After it (Padmavati) comes out and then people have problem... that I still understand,” he added.

Speaking on the slamming culture on social media like Twitter where individuals are free to opine, Kamal says “those who want it regulated have some logic of their own”.

“They shouldn’t do it but... some are far exceeding their freedom which is why they are slammed perhaps,” he said.

“Everyone blames it on youth. It’s not age talking it is the lack of reverence talking. Deeper and hurtful things come from the grown up,” he added.

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First Published: Nov 25, 2017 21:18 IST