Samajwadi Party leader and former Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan added fuel to the already existing fire on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati.’ On speaking about the controversy surrounding the film, Azam Khan said that Muslims are large-hearted and thus never opposed to the film Mughal-e-Azam, which too distorted facts.
While speaking at an event, the controversial leader said, “India’s famous film ‘Mughal-e-Azam showed Anarkali as Salim’s lover. There is no such story. This has nothing to do with that period. It is said that a courtesan called Anarkali lived in Lahore. That time was not even similar to Akbar’s time. But the film was still made. The father and the son fought the war."
"It has nothing to do with dates. Muslims did not object to this because this was a story and Muslims didn’t have a small heart. A film couldn’t destroy their history.”
With his remark, Azam Khan has joined a long list of politicians who have voiced their objection over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming movie. The film starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, and Shahid Kapoor has been in the centre of controversy for a while now. While it was slated to release on December 1, the filmmakers on Sunday ‘voluntarily’ postponed the release and added that it will “announce the revised release date of the film in due course.”