CBFC Chief Prasoon Joshi Slams Bhansali For Showing Padmavati To Some News Editors, Twitterati Too Can’t Digest It

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4:56 pm 18 Nov, 2017


Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati has been mired in one controversy after another ever since it was announced. It has received threats from political and fringe groups, who want it to be banned because of distorting historical facts and showing Rani Padmini in a bad light. The opposition to the film is also because of rumours suggesting a romantic dream sequence between Rani Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) and Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh). And such is the hatred for the movie that Thakur Abhishek Som, national president of Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Yuva Mahasabha, announced a bounty of Rs 5 crore for anyone who brings the head of Sanjay Leela Bhansali. They have even said if at all the movie gets released, they will cut off Padukone’s nose like Lakshman had cut Surpanakha’s nose in the Ramayana.


So far the fight was between these groups and Padmavati director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his actors, but now the movie has invoked the ire of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

In a statement, CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi hit out at Bhansali for private screening of the movie for anchor Arnab Goswami and journalist Rajat Sharma, even before the CBFC has seen or certified the film.

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He also accused the makers of Padmavati of attempting to “subvert” the due process followed by the film industry in India.

Padmavati director Sanjay Leela Bhansali

The CBFC also said that when the movie was sent for certification and review, the producers submitted incomplete paperwork and then claimed that the CBFC was “looking the other way.” The CBFC has sent the movie back to the makers as the application for the certification was “incomplete”.


“When they (makers) rectify the deficiency we will again scrutinise it once more and when the turn comes we will examine it (film for certification),” the CBFC said. Joshi called the CBFC as a responsible body, and advised the filmmakers to not take convenient and casual methods.

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It must also be noted that Arnab Goswami and Rajat Sharma have defended Padmavati.


Twitterati too have their own take on this:


The story of Padmavati is based on Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic poem Padmavat. As per some literature, Khilji then waged a war against Chittor and marched his way inside the fort to look for Padmavati. However, Padmavati and several other women had by then ended her life in jauhar (self-immolation) to get away from Khilji.



The film is slated for release on December 1.

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