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By Siddharth Singh . 25th November 2017 04:31pm

To protect the right to freedom of expression of creative individuals in accordance with the ongoing protests against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali's directorial 'Padmavati', the Indian Films and TV Directors' Association (IFTDA), along with 20 other bodies of the film and television industry has planned out a 15-minute blackout in support of the film. Director of IFTDA, Ashoke Pandit confirmed saying;

We will keep showing our support for 'Padmavati' and SLB (Sanjay Leela Bhansali) because it is the basic right of a creative person to tell a story in his own way.
Sanjay is a responsible filmmaker, and making a film on history is not something easy for him but a big responsibility. To express our solidarity (with the film), we are gathering on Sunday for a 15-minute blackout where all shooting units in Mumbai will put off lights and no shootings will take place.
Pandit also said:
We strongly protest against the non-institutional bodies who every now and then protest against movies and threaten actors and makers of films. We will keep condemning their actions in a democratic manner. We have faith in our Prime Minister...for justice to 'Padmavati'.
It was earlier this month that IFTDA, along with several other cine bodies had come together in support of 'Padmavati'.
We as film industry feel hurt every time such groups target our films and try to control our freedom of expression. Unfortunately, we do not get support from any other industry, not even from the government as if we are orphans as a community.
The reason for the controversy to spread like fire in the jungle is due to false assumptions of intimate scenes between Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji, though Bhansali has already stated that there is no such scene in the film where even both of them meet each other. Still, the Rajput Karni Sena does not seems to end the protest and threaten the makers of the film to stop its release.
We are living in a democracy and I have faith in the government and its judiciary. These protesters have not watched the film, and Sanjay has already made it very clear by releasing a video that it is a tribute to Padmavati and no obscene scenes are there.
All the members of the film and television industry will be joining the blackout protest, titled 'Main Azaad Hoon', on November 26 at the Film City main entrance starting 3.30 p.m.
news courtesy: ians