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Why is the Centre Silent on Threats Against Padmavati? Prakash Raj Hits Out

Referring to the violent protests against Padmavati by some Rajput organisations who claimed the film showed their 14th century queen in poor light, Raj said taking law and order into their hands was definitely not a way to express hurt.

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Updated:November 21, 2017, 11:32 PM IST
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Tamil actor Prakash Raj has questioned the "silence" of the Centre over the threats against the film Padmavati and its lead actors saying such targeting has been going on for a while now.

"How can a person from the ruling party issue such threats?" Raj said referring to the BJP's chief media coordinator in Haryana, Surajpal Amu, offering a bounty on the heads of actor Deepika Padukone and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. "Why is the Central government silent? We have given you a big mandate, won't you stop all these threats...If you can't handle law and order then get out," the actor said in an interview to CNN-News18’s Zakka Jacob.

Referring to the violent protests against Padmavati by some Rajput organisations who claimed the film showed their 14th century queen in poor light, Raj said taking law and order into their hands was definitely not a way to express hurt.

He said the film industries across the country need to come together and that the matter was not just about Padmavati. "What about S Durga and Nude?" he said referring to the two films which were dropped from the ongoing International Film Festival of India by the Information and Broadcasting ministry.

The Tamil actor who has of late been making strident statements against the BJP said he was speaking not as a politician but as a "tax-paying citizen". He said the recent murder of his friend liberal activist Gauri Lankesh changed his outlook. "Death came to my doorstep, I can't keep silent anymore," he added.

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