Padmavati Controversies Were Publicity Stunts? Asks MP Panel To Bhansali

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Padmavati Controversies Were Publicity Stunts? Asks MP Panel To Bhansali

The ‘Padmavati’ controversy seems like not ending in near future. Padmavati director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) chief Prasoon Joshi has been summoned by a parliamentary panel to present their views on the ongoing controversy over the film.

The movie producer and the censor board head have been solicited to share their views on the Padmavati controversy in the midst of a few state governments declared a prohibition on the film.

The panel includes actor-politicians Paresh Rawal of BJP, and Raj Babbar of Congress.

BJP’s Anurag Thakur wrote in a tweet, “Today at 3 pm the Parliamentary IT Committee will be examining the subject ‘Film Industry: Problems & Challenges’. Details available on #LokSabha website. (sic)”

The CM’s of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat have effectively proclaimed a restriction on Padmavati in their particular states. States like Bihar, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are sitting tight for an approval from the censor board first.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, in any case, took the inverse course and declared that she would guarantee a smooth release for Padmavati if the group wants to keep premier in Kolkata.

Mamata Banerjee said, “If they cannot release it in any other state, we will give special arrangement for Padmavati. Bengal will be very happy and Bengal will be proud to do that.”

Anurag Thakur told media, We have summoned Sanjay Leela Bhansali to ask him about his film Padmavati.”

“We want Mr Bhansali to depose on what led to this kind of controversy. We are going to ask many questions because this is not only about entertainment but about the social fabric too. But I am not going to discuss the contents of the meeting in front of the camera,” said Thakur.

He further added, “We will definitely ask him why the film is selectively being shown to certain media houses, even when the certification is due. He also has to tell us why the film was not shown to the people who actually had objections to it.”

The BJP MP also said, “There have been instances in the past where controversy has been created around films just to ensure extra publicity for them. We will discuss that too.”

On Tuesday, while striking down a PIL seeking a stay on the release of Padmavati, the Supreme Court pulled up the Centre for comments by people in ‘responsible positions holding public offices’. The court questioned the Centre as to how people holding public offices could ‘make statements on a movie that has not been cleared by the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification)’.

Padmavati has been embroiled in a bitter battle with several Hindu groups, with nationwide protests spearheaded by the Shri Rajput Karni Sena. The bone of contention is ‘distortion of history’.

Rajput unions think that Bhansali has represented Rajput queen Padmavati in a ‘derogatory manner’, what with the Deepika Padukone dancing on the Ghoomar song ‘in front of men’ and a dream sequence of a love scene between Padukone and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the team of Padmavati, meanwhile, have clarified time and again that no dream sequence of the kind is part of the film.

The film was at first slated for a release on December 1 this year, yet it has now been ‘intentionally conceded’ by the makers. While the Padmavati fire seethes on, the CBFC is yet to give a certification to the dubious film.

Published by Shalvina Lokhande on 30 Nov 2017