Padmavati row: Bhansali, CBFC chief Joshi to meet Parl panel today

Kristopher Drake
November 30, 2017

We are going to ask many questions because this is not only about entertainment, but about the social fabric too. In dismissing a petition seeking a stay on the UKrelease of the film, the bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Mishra, reprimanded people in public offices who were commenting on whether the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) should certify the film. The film has been approved by the United Kingdom Censor Board, the makers decided that movie will not release anywhere globally including in the UAE and UK until it is released in India.

The head of the panel, Anurag Thakur said that this controversy is coming from various Rajput groups and political parties which have even accused the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali because they believe that he has distorted the history in the movie by showing the romantic dream sequence between Rani Padmini and Muslim Sultan Allauddin Khilji.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ordered a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati in the state today.The Chief Minister ordered concerned officials to ban the release of BJP MLA Neeraj Kumar Bablu demanded it in a letter. "He also has to tell us why the film was not shown to the people who actually had objections to it". They recently applied for 3D certification.

According to CBFC insiders, the board is yet to scrutinise the application.

"We are sure they (politicians) will be guided by the basic premise under the rule of law and not venture outside". The first was returned because there was no disclaimer. Taking exception to Sharma's plea, the court said it was unwarranted.

The original release date of the movie was December 1 but due to the controversy, the makers have deferred it indefinitely.

The court's remarks adopt implication with the chief ministers of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh banning the film. Bhansali's magnum opus, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, has been facing protests from various groups, especially from Shree Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering historical facts.

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