Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently asked BJP employees not to make “unnecessary comments” about films. Now filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, the president of the Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA), has spoken out in favor of Prime Minister Modi’s statement amid the ongoing Pathan queue. He added that Prime Minister Modi’s warning to members of his party was a “big boost of confidence for the film industry.” Read also: CBFC asks Pathaan makers to make changes to Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone movie before release
Prime Minister Modi’s statement came amid the recent protests and boycott calls he has faced Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone’s upcoming action film Pathaan, in which several BJP leaders like Ram Kadam and Narottam Mishra criticize the makers, and Deepika Padukone’s orange swimsuit in last year’s song Besharam Rang.
“If the Prime Minister dismisses his own people and tells them to shut up and not talk nonsense against the film industry, which is not their field, just for publicity, then that is a big confidence boost for the industry. Prime Minister of the country is with you. The signal goes not only to the politicians, but even to people of the media, our own industry itself,” said Ashoke Pandit, president of the Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) in a interview with Indian Express.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid out a series of dos and don’ts for party leaders at the end of the BJP’s two-day National Executive on Wednesday. In his message, he warned his fellow party members against making “unnecessary remarks on irrelevant topics such as films.”
In recent months, the country has witnessed boycott calls against many Bollywood films by a section of social media leaders and users. Recently, many have objected to the song Besharam Rang in Pathaan, with some pointing out the outfit worn by Deepika Padukone, claiming that the song “harms religious feelings.” A number of petitions have been filed with the court against the makers and cast of the film. BJP leader Narottam Mishra claimed that the song reflects a “dirty mentality” and had previously said that even the film’s title was “offensive”.
Earlier, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had instructed the makers of Deepika Padukone and Shah Rukh Khan star Pathaan to make “changes” in the film, including the songs. Pathaan, who also shines John Abrahamwill hit theaters on January 25. The direction is in the hands of Siddharth Anand.