Bounty offered for Bollywood actor and irector

bollywood actress deepika padukone

Producers of a Bollywood movie have delayed its release amid bounty threats and fear for the safety of actress Deepika Padukone and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

The decision to halt the release comes after they received death threats from prominent Hindu hardliners.

Critics claim the film misrepresents history by depicting a love affair between the queen and a Muslim invader.

The quasi-historical movie, entitled Padmavati, has ignited anger among right-wing Hindu groups owing to its rumored depiction of a romantic dream sequence involving a mythical Hindu queen and an invading Muslim sultan. The filmmakers have repeatedly denied the movie includes such a scene.

Much of the anger has centered on the movie’s female lead, Deepika Padukone, who has been subject to a sustained campaign of abuse and intimidation. On Sunday, a member of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Suraj Pal Amu, offered a reward of $1.6 million to anyone who beheads the actress, sparking an immediate outcry and calls for Amu to retract the threat.

Deepika Padukone is a Bollywood film actress. One of the highest-paid actresses in India, Padukone is the recipient of several awards, including three Filmfare Awards. She features in listings of the nation’s most popular and

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a Bollywood movie director known for creating visually decadent and expensive films. His work has been widely recognized in India and was also nominated for a BAFTA. Full story here

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Bollywood, formally known as Hindi cinema, is the Indian Hindi language film industry, based in the city of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.