IFTDA president Ashoke Pandit welcomes PM Narendra Modi’s warning to party leaders against ‘unnecessary comments’ on movies amid Pathaan row


Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently asked BJP workers to refrain from making ‘unnecessary comments’ about films. Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, who is the president of the Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) has now welcomed the PM’s words amid the ongoing Pathaan row. He also called PM Modi’s warning to party members a ‘big boost of confidence for the film industry’.

In an interview to an online portal, Pandit lauded the PM for his words and said, “If the PM snubs his own people and tells them to shut up and not talk nonsense against the film industry, which is not their area, for mere publicity, it is a big boost of confidence for the industry. That the PM of the country is with you. The signal goes to not only the politicians, but even people from the media, our own industry itself.”

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PM Modi had laid down a series of do’s and don’ts for party leaders on Wednesday at the end of the two-day National Executive of the BJP. He had told the members to not make ‘unnecessary comments on irrelevant subjects like movies’.

The industry has been grappling with #BoycottBollywood trends over the few months spurred by netizens and leaders alike. Most recently, many have objected to the song Besharam Rang in Pathaan, with some pointing fingers at the colour of the swimsuit worn by Deepika Padukone in the film while others have claimed the song’s picturization as vulgar and ‘hurts religious sentiments’. A number of petitions have been filed against the actors and the filmmakers. Pathaan stars Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika and John Abraham and is directed by Siddharth Anand. It is slated to release on January 25.

(Source: Indian Express)