Padmavati parliamentary meeting: BJP wants ban, TMC and Congress back film

02 December, 2017, 00:37 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Censor board chief Prasoon Joshi is also scheduled to appear before the panel today sources said

"So long as controversy about the film does not subside, the film would not be released in Bihar". Besides being reprimanded for submitting his film late for the censor certificate, sources said members of the panel also questioned him on his decision to host the film's screening for select media persons. Can a film be released overseas before it is cleared for screening in India? Some panel members said it seemed that Bhansali's movies tend to target communities, thus triggering social tension.

Salman, who has earlier worked with the filmmaker in Khamoshi (1996) and Hum Dil Chuke Sanam (1999), has also said that Bhansali is a responsible filmmaker and will not make a film that will offend anyone.

Bhansali has also been questioned on why he screened the movie for the media before getting the CBFC clearance. "I gave him two hits, then he took Shah Rukh Khan in Devdas", Salman jokingly said when he sat in a QA session with Shekhar Gupta, editor of the news portal The Print, at the 15th edition of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit on Thursday (November 30).

Bhansali and Joshi appeared before the standing committee, while the CBFC chief deposed before the Lok Sabha panel as well. This would mean that the film does not lay claim to any historicity, though the explanation may not satisfy protesters who have claimed a "distortion" of events regarding the queen of Mewar. Responding to a query from members, Joshi is learnt to have said that the promos and songs of Padmavati had been certified. Among those who attended the meeting included Congress' Raj Babbar and BJP patriarch LK Advani.

BJP MP from Chittorgarh, CP Joshi asked, "We have asked for a ban on Padmavati".

The makers of the movie "Padmavati" have given a fresh application by claiming that they want the movie to release in 3D also. "We have raised objections to that too in this committee".

Later, a statement issued by Anurag Thakur's office said: "Taking a stand to bring an end to the controversy, Member of Parliament Anurag Thakur-led Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT, has invited Secretary of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification, along with Director of the film Sanjay Leela Bhansali, to present their views on the controversy surrounding the movie".

And the Padmavati controversy rages on.



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