Bengali film industry observed “blackout” on Bollywood film “Padmavati”

Vastavam web: The Bengali film industry observed a 15-minute “blackout” today, in solidarity with the makers of Bollywood film “Padmavati” and to protest against the alleged attempts by certain groups to stall its release.Shootings, pre and post-production work of films and television serials came to a halt across the city during the symbolic protest.A spokesman of the Eastern India Motion Picture Directors’ Association (EIMPA) said all the actors, technicians, directors and production unit members came out of the studios, where pre and post-production work of films and serials were taking place, at 12 noon to register their protest.
The actors, directors and technicians in different studios, including NT 1 and Bharatlakshmi, also wore black badges during the “blackout” period.The EIMPA, the Artist Forum and the Federation of Cine Technicians and Workers had jointly called for the protest.”Let there be a debate after the film is released to judge what is real history and what is fiction,” he had said.Bengali film superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee had said, with the call for the “blackout”, the Bengali film industry conveyed the message that as a part of the country’s larger film industry, it stood for creative freedom.
On Sunday, the Indian Films and TV Directors’ Association (IFTDA), along with 19 other bodies of the film and television industry from across the country, had stopped shooting for 15 minutes and participated in a similar protest called “Main Azaad Hoon?” (Am I free?) at the Film City in Mumbai.The makers of the film, which features Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in the lead roles, have deferred its release from December 1 till further notice.