Attack on artists continues unabated. It was always there ever since the advent of the right wing on Indian cultural political landscape. But ever since we elected a extreme right wing government, things have gotten worse – the #intolerance debate has only highlighted the bigotry of our political leaders and religious bigots.
Some of lumpen elements which crop up by the night, attack anyone to attain overnight fame, and align themselves with the Sangh Parivar for legitimacy. The latter, enjoys the publicity it gets by the use of violence by these fringe elements. It is blow hot, blow cold. When it fits the Sangh, it claims credit for the immoral policing unleashed by cruelty, violence, and lawlessness; it distances itself from these elements when occasionally courts or law enforcing authorities/ agencies (most of whom are hand in glove with them almost all the time) get after them or public outcry breaks out.
After M.F. Hussain ,H.S. Shivaprakash, M. M. Kalburgi, Pasnare, U. R. Ananthamurthy, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Karan Johar, and scores of other artists and thinkers, now it is the time of another Bollywood biggie Sanjay Leela Bhansali. While he was shooting his fiction Padmavati in Jaipur, he was attacked and slapped by a new outfit called Karn Sena. Where did this come from? The police gave a shameless version to highlight SLB had agreed to reconsider shooting in Jaipur!
It is a shame on our culture which prides itself in the ‘best culture’ (remember Udwin’s India’s Daughter?); it is a black stain on our democracy which guarantees us our freedom of speech and expression.
See the video in the Express link below; it will disturb you.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali was not slapped, punched due to Padmavati. The reason is far more serious
Sanjay Leela Bhansali was slapped and assaulted in Jaipur by a fringe group on the sets of his film, Padmavati. As Bollywood promises support, political reaction is muted. Was this an attempt to save our morality (yet) again or make an example of Bhansali and his film?
Karan Johar, who took to Twitter to support the Padmavati auteur. Karan should know just how hazardous it is to be a part of the film industry in India in today’s day and time.When National Award-winning film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was slapped and assaulted in Jaipur on the sets of his film, among the first few to come out in his support was filmmaker
Hazardous, you ask? Isn’t Bollywood the cushiest job in India – money, popularity and glam all rolled into one giant goody bag? To understand how Bollywood probably entered the ranks of India’s most hazardous professions, we need to understand Bhansali’s case. Why was he attacked? The ‘protesters’ who took the law in their hands alleged India’s morality was (yet) again under attack by the ‘liberals’ in Bollywood. Bhansali’s Padmavati, for which he was in Jaipur, is inspired by Rani Padmini’s tale and was thereby supposed to be besmirching the name of Rajput queen. So, did the so-called protesters watch the film and not agree with its content? Were they privy to its script and dialogues? Or they had inside information that the director was bent on distorting history? No, none of the above. They had, maybe, heard the film will have Deepika Padukone’s Padmini romancing Ranveer Singh’s Alauddin Khilji in a dream sequence