The remarks made by PM Modi come at a time when a number of movies, including the soon-to-be-released Pathaan, are facing opposition due to certain scenes.
In the midst of controversies regarding Bollywood films, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday advised members of the Bharatiya Janata Party to refrain from making unnecessary remarks about irrelevant topics like movies.
According to PTI, when Modi spoke on the second day of the BJP’s national executive meeting, he suggested that the party’s development agenda would be put on hold because of unnecessary remarks about irrelevant topics like movies. There have been allegations that a number of recent films, television shows, and web shows have hurt Hindu sentiments and culture. Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan is the most recent film to be targeted by boycott calls.
The song “Besharam Rang” in the movie, which features Deepika Padukone in a saffron bikini, has not gone over well with some parts of society, including leaders of the BJP like Ram Kadam and Narottam Mishra. Narottam Mishra, the home minister of Madhya Pradesh, had even threatened to prevent the spy action thriller from being released if certain scenes were not “rectified.” The minister had stated that the scenes were shot with a “dirty mindset” and were “highly objectionable.” Mishra has previously expressed opposition to films, web shows, and advertisements that he has deemed offensive to Hinduism.
The leader of the BJP had threatened legal action against the makers of the film “Adipurush,” which is based on the Ramayana, in October of last year if scenes that showed Hindu religious figures acting allegedly incorrectly were not removed. The song was also rejected by BJP MLA Ram Kadam, who claimed that it was an insult to Hinduism. The legislator stated in a tweet that the makers of the film must explain to the saints who are hurt by the song that Maharashtra has a Hindutva-ideological government.