Kamal on Deepika

Responding to Rs. 10 crore bounty announced by an extremist for the beheading of 'Padmavati' actress Deepika Padukone (right), Kamal Haasan has urged the “cerebral India” to respect her freedom. (IANS photo)

CHENNAI—Tamil film actor Kamal Haasan stands in support of "Padmavati" actress Deepika Padukone and says he respects the actress' freedom. He also urged "cerebral India" to wake up.

"I want Deepika's head.. saved. Respect it more than her body. Even more her freedom. Do not deny her that. Many communities have opposed my films. Extremism in any debate is deplorable.

"Wake up cerebral India. Time to think. We've said enough. Listen Ma Bharat," Haasan wrote on Twitter on Nov. 20.

A reward of Rs 10-crore was announced for beheading filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone over their film "Padmavati."

Kunwar Surajpal Singh Ammu, a ruling BJP leader in Haryana, said he firmly stands by his announcement of Rs 10-crore reward for beheading the two.

Ammu, chief media coordinator of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state, said he stated a "Rajput" and not as an office-bearer of the party.

Ammu said he had doubled the bounty on the heads of Padukone and Bhansali to Rs 10 crore. Ammu also issued a threat to break the legs of actor Ranveer Singh.

Shri Rajput Karni Sena, an organization of the Rajput community, has been protesting against "Padmavati" for the last few months and now they want a ban on the film.

In "Padmavati," Ranveer Singh essays the role of Alauddin Khilji, the Delhi Sultan obsessed with the legendary 13th-century queen of Chittor, Rani Padmavati, essayed by Padukone.

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