[Sharingbuttons]INDIA- The release of a highly anticipated Bollywood blockbuster has been delayed after a politician from India’s governing party offered a bounty of $1.5 million for the heads of the movie’s star and director amid outcry that the film distorted Hindu legend.
The film Padmavati has sparked controversy over its alleged handling of the relationship between a Hindu queen and a Muslim ruler.
Reports are that Suraj Pal Amu, a Bharatiya Janata Party leader from the northern state of Haryana, offered the bounty against actress Deepika Padukone and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Sunday.
The film’s producers postponed the release of the film, which was set to be in theaters December 1.
Speaking at a public rally, Amu also said the film would not be allowed to be released at all, local media reported.
The death threats – against one of India’s most popular actresses and a prominent filmmaker – brought quick backlash. They were sharply denounced by leaders of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, and the home minister in the southern Karnataka state, Ramalinga Reddy, ordered protection for the actress Deepika Padukone and her family.