In an embarrassment to BJP, Chandra Bose calls 'selective outrage' statement by 62 celebrities a 'mockery'
The grandnephew of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose also came out in support of the 49 intellectuals who had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday on the hate crimes.
Celebrities like Madhur Bhandarkar, Vivek Agnihotri, Ashok Pandit, Pallavi Joshi, Manoj Joshi, Biswajit Chatterjee, Kangana Ranaut and Prasoon Joshi are those who have signed the letter.
The film has come under a cloud with Opposition parties, including Congress claiming that its release was planned with the intention of influencing voters in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.
In the book published by Rupa, Prasoon Joshi says that he shares an old, intimate relationship with thoughts, words and ideas.
Ranaut, who spoke on nationalism during the launch of a song from her new film 'Manikarnika', said she agreed with lyricist Prasoon Joshi and writer Vijayendra Prasad who articulated the same views.
PM Modi said the government had already launched a holistic health care and health insurance system, but much more needed to be done.
CBFC chairperson Prasoon Joshi reflected upon the controversy over 'Padmaavat', and said nobody's voice should be referred to as a 'fringe voice'.
CBFC chairman Joshi plans to participate in the Jaipur Literature Festival here on January 28, just days after the scheduled release of 'Padmaavat' on January 25.
The notice was issued after Joshi had failed to respond to a representation given by a petitioner seeking a ban on the release of 'Padmavati' (now 'Padmaavat').
The movie, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, is slated to release on January 25.
Padmavati Row: Karni Sena demands resignation of Prasoon Joshi, Smriti Irani, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Demanding the film to be banned across the country, Karni Sena leader questioned the permission given to Sanjay Leela Bhansali to screen the film in UK.
Shahid Kapoor said that the film was made for the entire country and that the country should see the film and decide, instead of some people or groups.
The film has been mired in controversy over conjectures that it 'distorts history' regarding Rajput queen Padmavati.
The censor board had sent back the film's application to the makers on the ground that it was incomplete.