" We condemn this super emergency".
West Bengal chief minister's stand in favour of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film comes amid protests against its release by Rajput groups and some Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders across the country.
"Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind 'Padmavati" has voluntarily deferred the release date of the film from December 1, 2017, ' the producers of the film announced.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali and controversy are hardly strangers but the amount of flak Deepika Padukone-starrer Padmavati is facing is indeed shocking.
Despite Bhansali clarifying that the film respects its titular character and portrayal of Rajputs, protests are raging in over eight states at the moment.
"Want to congratulate the Meerut youth for announcing Rs 5 crore bounty for the beheading of Deepika and Bhansali". Distortion of history will not be tolerated. Their movie also has a controversial plot and all this recent Padmavati controversy might also affect the release of "Game of Ayodhya". Another senior Union Minister, Birender Singh, said those opposing Padmavati should first watch the film.
He said any "objectionable scenes" in the movie should be deleted before its release is allowed.
On Saturday, Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje also weighed in, asking Union minister Smriti Irani to ensure the movie was released only after necessary changes were made, keeping in mind that no community's sentiments are offended.The movie has not yet been approved by the censor board.