It’s about time we Indians seriously thought about what constitutes “honour” and where it should be located.
The attacks on Padmaavat and Manikarnika are a reminder that the mere hint of a fictional depiction in which women have stepped out of bounds is enough to convulse parts of the country into mob violence.
The judge had ordered a discreet screening yesterday evening amid adequate security arrangements after a prayer from the petitioner, the film’s director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s legal counsel, Nishant Bora.
Urmilesh discusses the media coverage of the communal violence in Kasganj and hooliganism by members of the Karni Sena with Smita Gupta from The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy and Vinod Agnihotri, Consulting Editor at Amar Ujala.
A fortnightly column from The Wire’s public editor.
The reason why the likes of Karni Sena are running amok is the assurance that their actions have the blessings of the senior leaders of the establishment.
This rumour was propagated by various right-wing websites and social media personalities.
Vinod Dua discusses the Padmaavat row and violence by members of the Karni Sena, including the pelting of stones at a bus carrying schoolchildren.
In 1987, protests against the reportedly forced ‘sati’ of 18-year-old Roop Kanwar also drew similar backlash.
Members of the Karni Sena attacked a school bus on the outskirts of Delhi on Wednesday.
From a midnight probe into Padmavati’s palace to op-eds siding with the fringe group, a majority of the coverage has been largely supportive of not just the protestors but also the cause.
The constant invocation of Rajput courage and Muslim villainy feeds into the paranoia of the Hindu right.
The states claimed that section 6 of the Cinematograph Act empowers them to stop exhibition of any controversial movie on the grounds of possible violation of law and order.
The bench trashed the submission that screening the movie may cause serious threat to life, property and law and order.
The Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the decks for the all-India release of the movie
The state government said the ban was necessary to maintain law and order.
The legend of Mirabai, like that of Padmavati/Padmini, stands on the cusp of history and mythology, and seems to speak to our present historical moment.
We do not have time, these days, for stories. We are obsessed with politics, not the despair, hopes and dreams that may drive people into it.
The censor board has decided to give Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film a UA certificate without any cuts.
As we look back at the year gone by, here’s a list of people who were unfairly targeted in 2017.
The opponents of Padmavati base their protests on rumours of a dream sequence between Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji despite Bhansali’s clarification that no such sequence exists in the film.
We need to ask why the Rajputs of Rajasthan and Gujarat did not protest a series of Hindi films on their history made since the 1950s, but now protest every single film they believe usurps their monopoly.
At a time when most of the medieval world was laid waste by the brutality of the Mongol armies, Khilji kept India – and its culture and civilisation – safe from the scourge.
High on Patriotism, Low on Artistic Freedom – When the National Anthem Played 37 Times a Day at IFFI 2017
When political connections matter more than qualifications or an interest in films to get a pass for the festival – it is clear who’s calling the shots at IFFI.
The ‘historical’ Padmini is no more than a symbolic manifestation of the fusion of bardic imagination and colonial ethnography.
Sources said the Central Board of Film Certification chief told the panel that a decision on the film would be taken after showing it to experts.
Cleared by the censors on appeal, the film urges women to live and fight back after sexual assault.
Despite the apex court’s statement, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said the film will not be released in his state until the director issues a clarification.
Messages scribbled on stones near the deceased’s body seem to be deliberately crafted to point fingers at the Muslim community.
At a time when writers and artists are being persecuted for their work, festivals piggybacking on the name of literature are ironically at their height.
The foreign enemy has already been overdone. We need to invent new enemies. History or a certain version of it is to be flaunted to graze up our sore spot.
Viacom 18, the makers of the film, had earlier said that they have deferred the movie’s release which was originally scheduled on December 1.
In an interview with Karan Thapar for The Wire, former finance minister P. Chidambaram talks about the Padmavati controversy, Rahul Gandhi’s leadership and the upcoming Gujarat elections.
Adityanath claimed the filmmaker was in the habit of “playing with public sentiments”.
The delay comes after the CBFC sent the film back because the forms were ‘incomplete’ and the makers and actors of the film faced numerous threats of violence.
The actor criticised the government for not condemning those making open threats of violence.
Politicians and ‘Senas’ threatening violence need to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
The state government’s letter also says that the censor board should take into account “people’s views” while making a decision on the film.
Party leaders in Rajasthan are joining the chorus against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film and threatening to stall its release.
The attack on Sanjay Leela Bhansali is only the latest instance of mobs taking justice into their own hands while the Rajasthan government remains unperturbed.