Deepika Padukone. | Photo credit: the Hindu
Aimed at actor Deepika Padukone for her costumes in her upcoming movie PathanHome Minister Narottam Mishra in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday hinted at a possible ban on the film in the state.
Referring to the movie’s recently released song Besharam calledmr. Mishra – who is the official spokesman for the state government and has often attacked several films and filmmakers in the past for what he considers “offensive content” – demanded that such “images be corrected”.
“The outfits worn in the song are At first sight very objectionable. It is clear that polluted minds are behind the filming of this song. At least Deepika ji was a supporter of the tuk-tukde gang in the JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) incident. Therefore, I would like to request that they correct the images of the song, correct the costumes, or else permission to release this film in MP should be given or not is a conceivable question,” Mr. Mishra told journalists.
The JNU reference was in the context of Ms Padukone’s visit to the university in January 2020 to express her solidarity with the students who had been attacked by a mob a few days earlier.
Featuring a cast that includes Shah Rukh Khan and John Abraham alongside Padukone, Pathan is directed by Siddharth Anand, produced by Yash Raj Films and is expected to premiere on January 25, 2023. The video for the aforementioned song was released earlier this week and has since racked up more than 36 million views on YouTube.