Padmavati row: State government backs Deepika Padukone, posts cops at her house

Following directions from the Home Department, police security was provided to Deepika Padukone's parents’ Nandi Durga Road residence in Bengaluru on Monday evening.​

Published: 21st November 2017 07:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st November 2017 10:36 AM   |  A+A-

Deepika Padukone in the latest Padmavati poster. (Twitter Photo)

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Deepika Padukone, Bollywood actor who has roots in Karnataka and plays the lead role in the controversial film Padmavati, found support from the ruling dispensation of the state, actors and other citizens, after a `10 crore bounty to behead her and director of the movie, Sanjay Leela Bhansali was announced.

Police personnel deployed outside actress Deepika Padukone’s parents’ residence
on Nandi Durga Road in Bengaluru | Pushkar V

Meanwhile, following directions from the Home Department, police security was provided to her parents’ Nandi Durga Road residence in Bengaluru on Monday evening. Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy sent a note to the DG&IGP asking for security to be provided.Deepika is the daughter of badminton ace Prakash Padukone, a resident of Bengaluru.

After a BJP leader from Haryana announced the `10 crore bounty on Deepika, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and few members of the ruling party targeted BJP for the controversy.The Chief Minister, tweeting from his personal handle @Siddaramaiah, squarely blamed BJP for allowing the issue to spiral to such an extent and urged his Haryana counterpart M L Khattar to act against people who threatened Deepika.

Referring to a tweet by Energy Minister D K Shivakumar, he tweeted, “(sic) I condemn the culture of intolerance & hate perpetuated by @BJP4India . Karnataka stands with @deepikapadukone .She is a globally renowned artist from our state. I call upon the CM of Haryana @mlkhattar to take strict action against those holding out threats against her.”

Following directions from the Home Department, police security was provided to Deepika Padukone’s parents’ Nandi Durga Road residence in Bengaluru on Monday evening.

Shivakumar in a series of tweets had said that it is “condemnable that a BJP office bearer is placing a bounty of Rs 10 crore on Deepika Padukone, who is from our state and the daughter of one of India’s most respected sportspersons. Is this BJP’s culture and the way they show respect towards women? Immediate action should be taken”“If anyone has objections, they must approach the CBFC. Instead of doing so, what gives these people the right to threaten artists? These sort of threats, especially towards women, are yet another sign of growing intolerance & bigotry in the country,” Shivakumar added.  Actors from Sandalwood were also irked at the treatment meted out to Deepika.

Shraddha Srinath said that it was shocking to see political leaders get away with issuing death threats on national TV. “Padmavati was not made with the intention of hurting anyone. I am for Team Padmavati. The fact that hooligans can completely ransack the sets and get away is the biggest failure of law and order,” she said.Ragini Dwivedi requested the protesters to watch the film and then take a decision, instead of blindly assuming the plot of Padmavati.



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