Mumbai: Writer-director-actor Girish Karnad today slammed the controversy and protests surrounding Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Ram-Leela’, saying it was “nonsensical”.
“That is really most upsetting. It is impossible to be creative if some idiot gets up and says ‘I am sad’. Judiciary should also have some sense. The decision is nonsensical,” Karnad, who was in the city to deliver 26th Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial IFFCO Lecture, said.
Bhansali’s film, which released today, is facing the ire of several groups for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.
The film, starring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, has
been dragged to different courts over its title and content.
Some political groups today tried to stop the screening of the
movie in Delhi, Rajkot and Indore.
Bhansali was also forced to change certain words in the Gujarat-set film after some members of the Rajput community expressed displeasure.
MP High Court had yesterday asked that the words ‘Ram-Leela’ be removed from the film’s title following a plea that its use had hurt religious sentiments.
Controversy over the film’s title has seen the same being
changed, first from ‘Ramleela’ to ‘Ram-Leela’, and then to ‘Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-Leela’.
Delhi High Court recently recalled its restraining order against the film’s release.