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.
He also accused the makers of Padmavati of attempting to “subvert” the due process followed by the film industry in India.
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”.
Padmavati’s application came up for review just this week. Makers have themselves admitted that paperwork is incomplete. Is this delay purposely planned so that the controversy can help garner further publicity for the film? @AzmiShabana pic.twitter.com/Z2EQCqcLjyAdvertisement
— Priti Gandhi (@MrsGandhi) November 18, 2017
“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.
It must also be noted that Arnab Goswami and Rajat Sharma have defended Padmavati.
Twitterati too have their own take on this:
Rajputs have issues. So the producer should have taken them into confidence, showed the movie and addressed their concerns. We don’t need Arnab or Rajat Sharma to give certificate. The people concerned should have that right including of course CBFC.
— Debi Prasad Acharya (@debiacharya1969) November 18, 2017
Republic, India TV, Rajat Sharma, Arnab Goswami are new CBFC bodies and their chairman’s. Shame on CBFC. Overtaken and self claimed.
— Ashok A. Gehlot (@AgMicro) November 18, 2017
Now what the HELL did the makers do? So Arnab n Rajat Sharma is CBFC is it? https://t.co/yWteEIfrx9
— MayurStudios (@MayurStudios) November 18, 2017
no reason why Rajat Sharma and Arnab Goswami should have been given a screening even before CBFC has passed it .. BUT nevertheless now that they have and said that #Padmavati has nothing that offends the Rajputs or any community .. It makes the opposers look even more silly.
— Sad_indian (@Amit_knc2015) November 18, 2017
Why is bhansali not showing the film to CBFC nd censor board
Bt he’ll do a pre-screening for Arnab Goswami nd Rajat Sharma bt he will not show the film to karni sena CBFC nd censor board so that his film gets free publicity😡😡😡😡😤😤😤#IWillNotWatchPadmavati
— Kirti Agarwal (@KirtiAgr878) November 18, 2017
CBFC has Slammed Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Screening Padmavati for Arnab && Rajat Sharma before getting Censor Certificate.
Bhansali Sahab, Ab Aap chahein to Khud ko Phoonk sakte hain. 😂
— Anurag saxena (@saaxenanurag) November 18, 2017
Rajat sharma n Arnab r CBFC board ?? Id he can organize spcl screening for sum media house ..N hlo bro there is some imp .Person in Rajput family luking jaipur tajmahal maharani ..So did bhansali get permission from Padmavati family ..
— ठाकुर भानुप्रताप सिंह HMP मार्गदर्शन मंडल (@MarwariB) November 18, 2017
While overriding CBFC , Sanjay Leela Bhansali successfully made जयचंद out of Arnab and Rajat Sharma …!!!
— COSMIC CYNOSURE (@COSMICCYNOSURE) November 18, 2017
CBFC has Slammed Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Screening Padmavati for Arnab & Rajat Sharma before getting Censor Certificate.
हिम्मत तो देखो छोरो की,
बिना certificate movie दिखा दी…..
— Mahesh Shukla (@dxnmaheshshukla) November 18, 2017
Rajat Sharma, Arnab and CBFC are kids.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali should first apply for certificate from AKBFC.
Arvind Kejriwal Board of Film Certification.
— Vishwash (@LOAFerr) November 18, 2017
Arnab & Rajat? Are they film critics? Who authorized them to watch d film & certify? CBFC has no time but these busy bees have? The bandwagon is getting longer. Zakka Jacob says wait for me to watch and tell u. Gosh, Are we governed by these megalomaniacs who turn experts? https://t.co/JyRgQhmFb2
— V. Krishna Ananth (@VKrishnaAnanth) November 18, 2017
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.