While Shabana Azmi has asked the entire film industry, including Amitabh Bachchan, to boycott the the International Film Festival Of India over the Padmavati issue, filmmaker Rahul Rawail who has just been appointed the head of the jury to select films for the Indian panorama,feels otherwise.
Reasons Rahul Rawail, “Though I completely agree with Shabana on the the need for the film industry to support Sanjay Leela Bhansali over the Padmavati issue, the boycott makes no sense as the producers of Padmavati have voluntarily deferred their film’s release. This means they’ve realized that the situation is volatile and nerves need to be smoothed , tempers need to be lowered.”
Rawail feels the boycott plan would serve no purpose. “The entire world is watching us. The IFFI is not the place to protest about Padmavati.”