It's been a while that Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming movie Padmavati has been mired with controversies. The movie has been witnessing several protests over its release from various groups who are demanding a ban on the release of the movie. It has been alleged that Bhansali has distorted historical facts in Padmavati.
And while the controversy aroung Bhansali's period drama continues to get rife, Ranveer Singh has finally opened up on the row and stated that he stands with the filmmaker and the movie.
Talking about the same, Ranveer said, "It's undoubtedly a very tough situation. I am most concerned about Sanjay sir. At this point, for him to go through all of this is extremely difficult considering the amount this man has suffered, sacrificed and [the way he] fought to make this film."
Interestingly, Ranveer is also an integral part of Padmavati, and will be seen playing the role of Allauddin Khilji in Padmavati and this is the first time the actor will bee seen in a negative character.
He added, "I am 200 per cent with the film and I stand by it as well as Sanjay Leela Bhansali. I also stand by his vision for the film... Vis-a-vis the film, I can just request the audience and everybody else who have concerns about it to wait and watch the film. One shouldn't doubt Sanjay sir; he is a magnificent film-maker and has tremendous respect for Indian culture and an enormous respect for Indian heritage and he will never intentionally hurt sentiments or do anything wrong. He is a good man with good intentions."
The 'Befikre' actor also stated that he feels bad for Bhansali who is adversely affected by the entire controversy despite have good intentions behind making Padmavati.
"He wanted to make a film that the entire country can be proud of... I feel bad for a man whose efforts and good intentions have been kept aside. I just want to meet him and give him a hug," said Ranveer.
Earlier, Deepika has also voiced similar opinion on the ongoing Padmavati controversy and stated "It's appalling, it's absolutely appalling. What have we gotten ourselves into? And where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed. The only people we are answerable to is the censor board, and I know and I believe that nothing can stop the release of this film."
The lady has also been facing the brunt of the protest groups along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Padmavati also stars Shahid Kapoor and Aditi Rao Hydari in key roles and is expected to release on December 1.
Given the ongoing controversies, we wonder if the movie will hit the screens on time.