Pride and prejudice

Print edition : March 02, 2018

Karni Sena members protesting against the release of film "Padmaavat" in Patna. Photo: PTI

A still from the 2001 Hindi film "Gadar: Ek Prem Katha".

Incidents of violence and arson marred the screening of "Gadar: Ek Prem Katha" in Bhopal in June 2001. Photo: A.M.FARUQUI

A poster of "Aandhi" (1975), directed by Gulzar.

Bollywood abounds with examples of politically expedient films, and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat is yet another—a casteist and communal saga that reinforces stereotypes of female submission and the male ego.
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