The controversy of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s, ambitious project Padmaavat prompted a response from Renuka Shahane on Sunday. In a post on Facebook, Renuka shared multiple pictures of herself, holding placards that read, “Ban Rape,”Ban Female Foeticide” and “Ban Sexual Molestation,” as against an image of protestors of Padmaavat.
The “Ban Padmaavat” image has been crossed out in red as Renuka puts up a strict face in her respective pictures demanding injunction on mass atrocities. The 37-year-old actress is at her uncensored best as far as socially relevant issues are concerned and sounds off her opinion in strongly worded posts. Her Facebook post is viral and has been shared over 3,600 times across the network.
Padmaavat, formerly titled Padmavati, witnessed severe dissent ever since it began filming, from fringe outfits, initially and the censor board soon after. The Karni Sena staged rampant protests against the film, alleging that the makers distorted history and filmed a dream sequence between Rani Padmini and Alauddin Khilji inspite of Bhansali denying allegations as such, consistently.
The film was originally scheduled for December 1, 2017, but its release was deferred to January 25, due to incomplete paperwork. Padmaavat has now been cleared by the censor board after adding another ‘a’ and dropping the letter ‘i’ in its title.
However, even after the censor board passed Padmaavat , several states including Gujarat and Rajasthan, had refused to release Padmaavat following which makers moved Supreme Court. On January 18, thus, the Supreme Court cleared the deck for the nationwide release of Padmaavat on January 25, staying the orders and notifications issued by Rajasthan and Gujarat governments prohibiting its screening.
Violent protests, nevertheless, have been staged by members of the Rajput community against Padmaavat’s release across Gujarat on January 22, with agitators damaging buses and blocking roads.
The Hindi film industry, meanwhile, has provided constant support to Sanjay Leela Bhansali in the scrim of the controversy as celebrities rigorously condemned the ban on Padmaavat. Significant issues such as crimes against women and grave societal matters require cogent attention than the aforementioned issue is what has been opined.
Padmaavat casts Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji.
Renuka Shahane, best known for her role in Hum Aapke Hain Koun, was last seen in the 2015 show Kabhi Aise Geet Gaya Karo.