Bollywood Target

(Above photo of Deepika Padukone courtesy of Bollywood Hungama website)

Bollywood star Deepika Padukone‘s latest movie — a blockbuster historical epic, Padmavati — is on hold. That setback, however, may be the least of her concerns.

Right-wing Hindu groups have targeted her with multiple threats, There’s a $1.6 million bounty for her beheading.  Zealots, angered by Padmavati‘s reported storyline, have similarly targeted director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Padmavati’s Indian distributor, Viacom18, is half-owned by Viacom, whose Paramount Pictures had planned to release the epic film in the US this Friday. Amazon Prime reportedly had acquired subsequent streaming rights.

Padukone plays the movie’s title character, a married mediaval Hindu queen who becomes the object of a Muslim sultan’s desires. The actress’ tormentors have objected, in part, to Padmavati having a romantic dream involving the sultan. The film’s producers deny that such a sequence exists.

There’s certainly no hint of such shenanigans in this English-subtitled trailer:

If you’re not a Bollywood fan and the name Deepika Padukone sounds familiar nonetheless, perhaps you’re a Vin Diesel fan who saw her Hollywood debut earlier this year in xXx: Return of Xander Cage. You can rent that movie for $4.99 SD/$5.99 HD from

Netflix subscribers. meanwhile, can sample Padukone in at least three movies: a political-themed drama about the Indian caste system, Aarakshan (2011); as a dance teacher in the heist flick Happy New Year (2014); and as an architect in the feminist-tinged comedy-drama Piku (2015).

If you’re not a Netflix subscriber, you can also watch Aarakshan right here, but without English titles:




About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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