Boos for Bol­ly­wood

India Today - - UPFRONT -

The lat­est Bol­ly­wood project to keel over with­out a whim­per, un­der pres­sure from re­li­gious fa­nat­ics, is San­jay Leela Bhansali’s Pad­ma­vati. Af­ter thugs from the Shri Rajput Karni Sena as­saulted him on his sets, Bhansali was the one giv­ing as­sur­ances that no­body would be hurt by his film. You can’t stand in judge­ment over some­one fac­ing a threat; on the other hand, if no­body stands up to brain­less in­tim­i­da­tion, we can say good­bye to ed­u­ca­tion, the arts, his­tory, truth, cre­ative in­no­va­tion and in­di­vid­ual rights. As Ar­pita Das posted on FB: “...if you (Bol­ly­wood) don’t speak up even now, it’ll es­tab­lish you as the most spine­less cre­ative in­dus­try in In­dia.”

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