Tollywood to observe 15 minutes' blackout today
Kolkata: A few days after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee welcomed the crew of Padmavati to host its premiere in Kolkata, the Tollywood film industry on Monday extended full support and announced that they will observe 15 minutes blackout at all the studios in the city on Tuesday to protest against the ban imposed on the film at different states.
It would be a complete blackout of all departments starting from the studio to post-production units.
"We feel that this is a blow to the creativity of the people associated with the film. The film has not even released, no one has seen it but still there is so much furore over it. If the film is controversial then there is Censor Board to take a decision in this regard," actor Prosenjit Chatterjee said.
National award winning filmmaker Goutam Ghosh said: "It is true that in a democratic country, there should be voices of dissent and debate. We welcome the debate on Padmavati. But the debate should start after the release of the film."
In a reference to Surajpal Amu's comments against Banerjee for welcoming the film in Bengal, Ghose said: "Bad things are being said about her. Where are we headed with all this? It seems we have gone back to the medieval ages."
Producer Shrikant Mohta of SVF films said: "The Chief Minister has only spoken about releasing the film here. She has not hurt or said anything wrong about anyone." "The comments against her are shameful," Mohta added.