The controversy is also seeing B-town’s differing loyalties at play. The generally straight-talking Kajol, for instance, chose to sidestep a question about the Padmavati controversy at an event. When asked if it was a difficult time for directors and actors to be a part of historical films, she surprisingly claimed, “I would not like to comment on Padmavati issue, per se. (But) I don't think it is a difficult time for actors to work in a certain kind of film. It is a perfect time for actors to do any kind of films that they like. You can see a younger actor playing an older role and vice versa and get away with it. People are willing to accept you and it is a fantastic time and space for actors to do any kind of film.” Incidentally, her husband Ajay Devgn had campaigned for the Bhartiya Janata Party in Bihar in 2015. An ardent supporter of Modi he has maintained, “I think Modi has a clear agenda, I have supported him and it will continue to happen. I think change is underway.”
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Alia Bhatt, on the other hand, took a firm stand on the issue, as she stated, “I said this in my tweet, and I say it again, it’s not just Padmavati, but it is this entire trend of protesting against films that I have a problem with. Let the film release first. There is such a thing as creative license. Just as you have your right to your opinion, I also have my right to expression.”