The U.S. isn't the only country whose film industry is proving dangerous for women. Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone is facing threats of beheading — yes, an actual beheading — prior to the release of her controversial new film, Padmavati. Filmmakers have delayed the movie's release in light of protests and threats from Hindu groups.
On Thursday, Suraj Pal Amu offered a $1.5 million bounty for the heads of Padukone and the film's director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Amu is a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Haryana. The BJP is India's Hindu nationalist ruling party. Led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP runs the central government.
At the heart of the controversy are claims that the movie, loosely based on a 400-year-old poem, portrays a love affair between a Hindu queen, played by Padukone, and a Muslim king, a plot point the film's director has denied. Still, two Indian states have banned the film, and protests have grown increasingly violent.
Even more shocking. If that was in this country or any clingy in the world with morals, he would have been sacked from his position— Dean (@JoggerDean) November 22, 2017
Not just a politician, a minister from the ruling party (Modi’s BJP)— xoxo,Gaga 🌹 (@MarryTheFantasy) November 22, 2017
Over a movie...— ZomBEs4dead (@ClaudiaGriffon) November 24, 2017
Sometimes I seriously think people don't understand what the meaning of FICTION is. I think this is totally ridiculous, it's a movie guys, get a grip. It's not that big a deal, and I understand religion playing a partial role in this, but this is just plain nuts.
That's how you do it... Be happy, be cheerful, be amidst people who value you and yes look great... @deepikapadukone did everything right today and yes she's a Rockstar.. She shouldn't bow b4 the https://t.co/6qjSd5lIv1 MUST take action! #AsiaVisionMovieAwards2017 #Sharjah pic.twitter.com/YiswIkTiTw— Faridoon Shahryar (@iFaridoon) November 24, 2017