Actress Deepika Padukone, facing a contagion of threats over her upcoming film Padmavati, has pulled out of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), that will have US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Some leaders of BJP and other groups have threatened the actress and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Few have even announced rewards for killing them.
An Indian ruling-party member has even offered a bounty for beheading Deepika who is Bollywood’s biggest female star.
The movie “Padmavati” — depicting the life of legendary 14th-century queen Padmini — it’s sparked the latest in a string of flash points from right-wing groups that perceive more clout under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has courted Hindu nationalists as part of his political base.
The Story of Padmavati:
Padmavati, was a legendary 13th-14th century Indian queen. The earliest source to mention her is an epic fictionalized poem written by Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540 CE. The text, which features elements of fantasy describes her story as follows: Padmavati was an exceptionally beautiful princess of the Singhal Kingdom (Sri Lanka). Alauddin Khalji, the sultan of Delhi heard about her beauty, and laid siege to Chittor to obtain her.
Many events occurred during the period of the Siege, till the Fort was finally taken. Before Alauddin Khalji could capture Chittor, Padmavati and her companions committed self-immolation to protect their honour. After her sacrifice, the Rajput men died fighting on the battlefield.