Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra on Wednesday raised objections against the actor Deepika Padukonecostume in the song of the Bollywood film “Pathaan” and said that if some scenes are not “fixed”, the government will consider what to do about its screening. Mishra, the state government spokesperson, also said that Padukone was a supporter of the “Tukde Tukde gang” as seen in the JNU case.
Mishra’s statement came after the song ‘Beshram Rang’ which featured Padukone from the band Shah Rukh Khan-starrer movie was recently released. He said that the costumes seen in the song are prima facie “highly inappropriate” and it is clear that this song was made from a “contaminated mentality”.
“I would ask to fix the scenes and her (Padukone’s) costumes (in the song), otherwise it will be a question whether this film should be released in Madhya Pradesh or not,” Mishra told reporters at Mhow in Indore district. In the same breath, he claimed that “Padukone was a supporter of the Tukde Tukde gang as seen in the JNU case”.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) often uses the “tukde-tukde gang” remark, which originated after the 2016 JNU protest in Delhi.
“Pathaan,” an action thriller in Hindi, is slated to release on January 25, 2023. Notably, Mishra, a senior BJP leader in Madhya Pradesh, in October warned the makers of the Bollywood film “Adipurush,” based on the epic Ramayana, of legal action if scenes depicting Hindu religious figures in a “bad” way.
In July this year, he had ordered an FIR (First Information Report) to be filed over the controversial poster of director Leena Manimekalai’s documentary ‘Kaali’ following an outcry.