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Indian politician wants an actress and filmmaker killed

Indian politician wants an actress and filmmaker killed

Suraj Pal Amu, above, a member of India’s Hindu nationalist ruling party, yesterday (Sunday) offered a $1.5-m (£1.14-m) bounty to anyone who beheads the lead actress and the director of a yet-to-be released Bollywood film that depicts a romance between a Hindu queen and Muslim ruler.

According to this report, Padmavati was set to be in theaters on December 1 and has caused a firestorm over its alleged handling of the relationship.

After Amu, a Bharatiya Janata Party leader from the northern state of Haryana, offered the bounty against actress Deepika Padukone and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, above, the film’s producers postponed the release of the movie.

Speaking at a public rally, Amu said the film would not be allowed to be released at all.

Padmavati is based on a 16th century Sufi epic poem, “Padmavat”, a fictional account of a brave and beautiful Rajput queen Padmini who chose to kill herself rather than be captured by the Muslim sultan of Delhi, Allaudin Khilji. Over the centuries, the tale has come to be seen as history, even though there is little historical evidence to support it.

Padukone plays Padmini, the legendary queen who committed “jauhar”, the medieval Rajput practice in which women of royal households walked into funeral fires to embrace death over the dishonour of being taken captive.

The film has been in trouble since the beginning of the year, with fringe groups in the western state of Rajasthan attacking the film’s set, threatening to burn down theatres that show it and even physically attacking Bhansali in January.

Most of the anger at the film appears to stem from allegations that Bhansali distorted history by filming a romantic dream sequence between the film’s main protagonists. Bhansali has denied the allegations.

Earlier this month, the head of the Rajput Karni Sena in Rajasthan said Padukone should have her nose cut — a symbol of public humiliation — for being part of a film that allegedly insulted the queen.

Today, local government officials vowed to take “stringent action” against those threatening Padukone and others involved in the movie.

The movie has yet to be cleared by India’s board of censors.

In the past, India’s censors board rejected the erotic drama Fifty Shades of Grey, and Hollywood movies that appear on Indian screens are routinely scrubbed of sex scenes. The Da Vinci Code was banned in the Indian state of Goa, which has a large Christian population, because religious groups objected.

In 2014, the publishing house Penguin India pulled from shelves and destroyed all copies of American historian Wendy Doniger’s The Hindus: An Alternative History after protests and a lawsuit from a Hindu right-wing group. The group’s main objection was that the book described Hindu mythological texts as fictional.

India-born writer Salman Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses has been banned here since 1998, since many Muslims consider it blasphemous. Rushdie was forced to cancel a 2012 appearance at the Jaipur Literary Festival amid protests and threats by prominent Muslim clerics.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

15 responses to “Indian politician wants an actress and filmmaker killed”

  1. 1859 says:

    It’s Mary Whitehouse reincarnated! And is that a finger or his dick this zealot is waving about?

  2. Arnold says:

    Ahhhhhh … the tender mercies of religious bigots. Pathetic.
    We are all hostage to the stupidity and hatred carefully nurtured by the rabid clerics. Shitehawks like Suraj Pal Amu and his muslim equivalents need rounding up and castrating.

  3. Broga says:

    The film could do great business is the UK and other countries. I can’t understand them banning the Da Vinci Code. As for Fifty Shades of Grey, I haven’t seen the film but I tried to read a sample of the book on Kindle. I thought that the little I read of the book was poorly written and dull.

    I suppose the killing of people you vehemently disagree with is confined to the devout of various hues. I have recently identified a large group of people I would like to kill. They live in South Korea and I have been hearing from someone who has been there and saw how they tortured dogs.

    I won’t describe what they do but it is horrible and some of the worst is done for amusement. However, being an atheist I lay claim to some decency and am therefore restrained and have no holy book or a God to justify savagery to myself.

  4. 1859 says:

    The cruelty we inflict on animals, Broga, is just a prelude to the cruelty we will one day inflict on each other. I’m convinced humanity is some evolutionary aberration.

  5. AgentCormac says:

    Another religiot up in arms wanting to kill anybody who disagrees with their warped, archaic, obsolete worldview.

    Another religiot up in arms wanting to kill anybody who disagrees with their warped, archaic, obsolete worldview.

    Another religiot up in arms wanting to kill anybody who disagrees with their warped, archaic, obsolete worldview.

    Another religiot up in arms wanting to kill anybody who disagrees with their warped, archaic, obsolete worldview.

    Another religiot up in arms wanting to kill anybody who disagrees with their warped, archaic, obsolete worldview.

    Another religiot up in arms wanting to kill anybody who disagrees with their warped, archaic, obsolete worldview.

    Seriously, how many more times does this scratched bloody record need to go around before humanity actually wakes up to the fact that it is not only utterly, utterly irrelevant, but a terrible distraction from the matters that really, really matter? You know, stuff like over-population, climate change, clean water shortage, plastic pollution – I could go on and on and on. (Oh, FFS – I’ve become a scratched record too!)

  6. Cali Ron says:

    More evidence that man has ceased evolving and now is digressing, essentially devolving back to being an ape. These religiots are a waste of brain matter, never using its higher intellect, regurgitating religious propaganda and thinking on the same level as our cousin’s, the apes.

  7. Maggie says:

    Insulting apes there, Cali Ron.

  8. sowa says:

    Of course this politician will soon be forced to resign from his office and suffer severe consequences for his actions, right? Right?
    Nationalism is dangerous on it’s own. Add some religious lunacy to the mix (and they mix REALLY well) and you have a fascist in everything but name.

  9. Angela_K says:

    I have an acquaintance who is Hindu and he maintains that his religion is relatively benign and tolerant. Like all religionists, he gets quite annoyed when the nasty bits of their religions are revealed. I look forward to seeing him so I can ask him about this “fatwa”.

  10. barriejohn says:

    Religion is such a force for good in the world. Imagine what life would be like without it!

    Angela:Serious questions are now being asked about Buddhists as well, who were formerly renowned for their pacifism. What, exactly, is going on?

    https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/militant-buddhism-is-on-the-march/

  11. barriejohn says:

    @sowa: Well said.

    “God, honour, country”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41958199

  12. Brummie says:

    Nationalism isn’t intrinsically bad. We all need a sense of belonging – to a family, club, culture, enthusiasm, tradition, geographical area etc.
    It can be, and is often, USED for bad purposes e.g. to brand others as inferior or unworthy. Humanity always naturally subdivides itself when groups get too big. This is part of the richness of human experience and calls for tolerance of differing (humane) opinions and lifestyles.

  13. John the Drunkard says:

    Buddhists had little trouble lining up with Japanese fascism from the 20s through 1945.

    Buddhists and Hindus may not be flying jets into buildings…yet. But our cultural reluctance to address religious evil makes it impossible to deal effectively with any and all religious violence, from Bin Laden to Roy Moore.

  14. sowa says:

    @barriejohn
    Yes, that was just sad to witness. Poland is currently in a tight grasp of ultraconservative government so resurface of far-right groups was just a matter of time. They share ideological basis and what’s that basis, you may ask? Of course it’s Catholicism because nationalists are against foreign influence, unless it’s Vatican’s influence. RCC spread like cancer in Polish public life and has many collaborators in media and politics. No sign of change, sadly.

    @Brummie
    I didn’t say I’m against having any identity, just against nationalism. You know, primitive tribalism of “we can’t be wrong” brand, exceptionalism, cultural/racial purity at all costs, abstract “will of nation” (that coincidentally is always “will of current government”), things like that…

  15. Cali Ron says:

    Maggie : I apologize to apes. So far none of them are religious so they may indeed be smarter than many men.

    Religion ruins everything.

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