Wowza! Look at the outrage this movie is causing!
The Bollywood film Padmaavat, a movie about a 14th-century Indian queen and an invading Muslim Sultan, has been banned in Malasia and has sparked outrage all over India.
Following the film’s fiercely contested opening at home in India on Thursday — where protests among some hard-line Hindu groups occasionally turned violent — the film was slapped with a ban in Malaysia.
The country’s National Film Censorship Board said over the weekend that the movie had been denied permission to screen theatrically in the country. No official explanation was given for the decision, but local media outlets in Malaysia quoted the censorship board’s chairman Mohd Zamberi Abdul Aziz as saying: “The storyline of the film touches on the sensitivities of Islam. That in itself is a matter of grave concern in Malaysia, a Muslim-majority country.”
The main issue is the alleged romance between the Muslim leader and the Hindu Queen.
An elaborately produced 163-minute period epic, Padmaavat tells the story of a Muslim ruler, Alauddin Khilji who battles the Rajput king of Chittor, over the king’s wife, Rani Padmavati. In India, local groups critical of the film have accused the filmmakers of distorting history by apparently suggesting an interfaith romance between the Hindu queen and the Muslim invader. The concerns in Malaysia appear to be the same, albeit from a mirror-image religious perspective.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The movie has caused a HUGE ruckus in India:
The film tells the story of 14th Century Muslim emperor Alauddin Khilji’s attack on a kingdom after he was smitten by the beauty of its queen, Padmavati, who belonged to the Hindu Rajput caste.
Hindu groups and a Rajput caste organisation allege that the movie includes an intimate scene in which the Muslim king dreams of becoming intimate with the Hindu queen.
Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has said the film does not feature such a “dream sequence” at all.
But rumours of such a scene were enough to enrage right-wing Hindu groups who called for the film to be banned.
Before you turn up your nose at a ‘Bollywood’ movie, watch the trailer:
Although Malasia has simply banned the controversial film, the people of India are taking their protest to the streets.
You know by setting cars on fire.
Hey, at least it isn’t themselves.
But wait! There’s more…
Dang! There just ain’t a protest like an Indian protest, amirite?
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