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

The director has been given time till December 14 to give a written reply to the panel about the movie and the controversy surrounding it.

Among other MPs, the panel included actor-politicians Paresh Rawal of BJP, and Raj Babbar of Congress.

Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi on Thursday told a parliamentary panel that the controversial film Padmavati will be certified and released after it's vetted by historians, even as filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali said the movie was based on a "fictional" theme. In the meeting held on Friday, both the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the I&B ministry submitted a report which states their opinion on whether the film should go for further edits/cuts or be completely banned and not given a release.

Amid all this, a new poster of Padmavati that takes a dig at the baseless and useless, waste of time controversy, which is being way more weight-age than what is actually deserves and is taking away the focus from issues that instead need urgent attention, is going viral on the internet right now. The CBFC chief appeared before the petition's panel that also took up the film for discussion and its chair C P Joshi, who is also from BJP, is understood to have noted that Bhansali had failed to take cognisance of the faith and reverence in the figure of Padmavati. The committee took cognizance of the issue as part of its study - "Film Industry: Problems and challenges".

Meanwhile, Joshi told the committee that the censor board's main objection to the film was that it was shown to a few people before certification.

Advani, however, intervened and told the panel that a cross-examination of Bhansali was not on the agenda, The Hindu quoted a committee member as saying. He also pointed out at the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology that the panel's proceedings were pointless. The Central Board of Film Certification will likely to undertake the clearing process for the 2D and 3D versions.

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

Anurag said in the statement, "How and why did this divide and controversy erupt..."

The Lok Sabha panel chairman Bhagat Singh Koshiyari said, "Two MPs had given petitions before us". A movie is meant for entertainment, not for creating a tensed atmosphere across the country.

  • Rogelio Becker