'Why mention real names if Padmavati is fictional?' CBFC to Bhansali

Bill Rogers
December 3, 2017

Not only did they talk about the protests against Padmavati, but also the legality of the screening that SLB held for selected media before the censorship of the film. Bhansali has agreed on numerous occasions that his film is a work of fiction and is based on the epic poem, Padmavat, written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540. Joshi told the panel that the film had not yet been approved and the board only cleared the trailer and promos of the period film. The committee took cognizance of the issue as part of its study - "Film Industry: Problems and challenges".

As six states, including Rajasthan, have already announced that they will not release the film, the Supreme Court on Tuesday took exception to people holding official positions making "prejudicial comments" about the movie, saying these breached the principle of rule of law.

Bhansali and Joshi appeared before the standing committee, while the CBFC chief deposed before the Lok Sabha panel as well. In the meantime, they have left it to the CBFC to decide if the film can or should be screened or not.

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. Responding to a query from members, Joshi is learnt to have said that the promos and songs of Padmavati had been certified.

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According to sources, Virendra Kashyap, BJP MP from Shimla, asked Bhansali if he had created the controversy for publicity.

Babbar, who is also an actor, is learnt to have said that the movie's making involved an investment of around Rs 200 crore, and that its release should be allowed. "We will respect the decision that CBFC takes as it is a government body". "The date of the next meeting has not been fixed yet but hearings will go on".

The socio-political temperature of the country seems to soar high as the controversy around Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Padmavati thickens.

Superstar Salman Khan is no stranger to controversies, and the actor believes rows such as those around "Padmavati" affect the movie business adversely.

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