Film industry plans 15-minute blackout for Padmavati
Over twenty film entities have planned to stop shooting and turn off all lights for fifteen minutes in order to show support for Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Padmavati. Industry leaders including the Indian Film and TV Producers' Council and the Indian Motion Picture Producers' Association are expected to take part in the blackout. Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit of the Indian Films and TV Directors' Association (IFTDA) came out and said the plan came about "to protect the right to freedom of expression of creative individuals"
"To express our solidarity, we are gathering on Sunday for a 15-minute blackout, all shooting units in Mumbai will put off lights and no shootings will take place," Pandit said. Ashoke Pandit also tweeted out a poster for the blackout with the tagline "Film and television industry unite against hooliganism" and the hashtag #WeSupportPadmavati.
Film & TV Industry unites, to show our solidarity & stand by #SanjayLeelaBhansali & all the filmmakers, so we can make the films we want to. Share this message & join us, before the hooligans knock at ur doors.#WeSupportPadmavati #MainAzaadHoon? #15MinuteBlackout @FilmPadmavati pic.twitter.com/zHTTfBRNym— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) November 24, 2017
The Padmavati controversy has continued to grow, with the release date being deferred indefinitely from its original December 1st release date. Various actors and filmmakers have come out supporting the Deepika Padukone starrer and its director Sanjay Leela Bhansali including Shabana Azmi, Rajkummar Rao, Karan Johar and Farhan Akhtar.