Growing dominance of thugs in Bollywood
once a paradigm of freedom of expression, and has been a significant brand ambassador of India. People of different backgrounds have found their voice and calling here. But today it has been hijacked by thugs. The success or failure of movies hinge on whether goons would let the projects sail smoothly at the box office or not. Why is the government not stepping in and taking charge of the law and order? Why are some people led to believe that they can hold the industry to ransom? How can some people sabotage projects and get away with it?
The latest film to run into trouble is Deepika Padukone starrer Padmavati. The project has been in shtook since long. In January, Shri Rajput Karni Sena roughed up director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The sets of the movie were vandalised in March by a militant group of protesters. Yet, the authorities failed to take a stand and now protestors have spread fanatical fires from state to state. They threaten to behead the director and cut the nose of Padukone. It's appalling. If there are any reservations regarding the project, the Central Board of Film Certification should handle them, not militant groups. Government should step in and set this matter straight before it is too late.
-Anushka Gehlot, Dubai