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Film industry’s support for the Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming Padmavati is transformed into a campaign and now is not limited to tweets and statements.

Yes, the industry is all set to support the film for which they have organised a campaign #MainAzadHoon? to protect the right to freedom of expression. The President of the Indian Films & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) has called for a 15-minutes Blackout for the entire Indian film industry on Sunday afternoon. It also included 19 other bodies of the film and television industry, the Indian Films and TV Directors’ Association (IFTDA) stopped several ongoing shootings for 15 minutes in protest against the Rajput Karni Sena and other groups, whose agitation and threats stalled the release of the film Padmavati.

An entertainment portal Bollywood Hungama quotes Ashoke saying,  “We’ve called for a complete blackout in every film industry of India in the North, South and East. It is now up to them whether they want to join us in this silent protest or not. In Mumbai, film workers owing allegiance to 21 organizations and associations are coming together at Film City at precisely 3.30 pm. We will proceed with the blackout from 4.30 pm to 4.45 pm.”

“We cannot give in to the goon element. Today they are demanding Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s head and Deepika Padukone’s nose. Only God knows what they will be demanding next. We cannot allow hoodlums from the fringe elements to dictate to us.” Ashoke said.

The film industry needs more unity to protect their rights said Ashoke, “Everyone is into his own world impervious to what is happening elsewhere. That’s wrong. Today they are doing this to Bhansali. Tomorrow it could be you or me.”

Here’s the poster for campaign shared on Twitter by Ashoke Pandit, the president IFTDA


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