PM Modi’s comments comes at a time when several Bollywood films, including SRK’s upcoming release ‘Pathaan’ is facing opposition owing to certain scenes in the film.
PM Modi’s warning
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently told Bharatiya Janata Party workers and leaders to abstain from making unnecessary remarks on irrelevant issues like movies, a message that comes amid controversies around Bollywood movies.
As per India Today, PM Modi said “some people give statements on some film” which plays on TV and in media all day. The prime minister asked the party workers to avoid making “unnecessary statements”.
Reportedly PM Modi orders party workers to stop making unnecessary remarks on films.
Welcome Move by our Honorable PM. Of Late tremendous amount of hate has been created by some people with vested interests against the film industry. Hope PM Intervention will stop them now.
— Sumit Kadel (@SumitkadeI) January 17, 2023
PM’s remark came amid calls for a boycott of the movie Pathaan, starring Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. Pathaan is scheduled for release on January 25, 2023. Several BJP leaders, including Ram Kadam and Narottam Mishra, have been vocal in their criticism of the use of saffron costumes in the film.
Maharashtra BJP leader Ram Kadam had questioned the filmmakers if the movie was a ploy to gain “cheap publicity” or whether there was a plot behind their decision. The BJP leader had added that since the state of Maharashtra has a BJP government that follows Hindutva ideals, the government will not allow any film or serial to run which insults Hindutva emotions.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh home minister Narottam Mishra had even threatened to block the release of the spy action thriller if certain scenes were not ‘rectified’. The minister had said the scenes were ‘highly objectionable’ and shot with a ‘dirty mindset’.