Padmavati Row:Censor Board disproves to expedite certification procedure

Carla Harmon
November 20, 2017

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a plea seeking to block the release of controversial film "Padmavati", saying that it is "premature" as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has yet to decide and any interference at this stage would amount to "pre-judging the matter".

One Hindutva supporter had announced a reward of Rs 5 crore for anyone who would behead Deepika, who is the lead female protagonist.

Today, Padmavati has been banned in Madhya Pradesh, which means none of the theatres in the state will screen this historical drama, whenever it releases.

On November 16th, CBFC had sent back the film without certifying it citing "technical issues" with the film. We are a responsible, law-abiding corporate citizen and have the highest respect and regard for the law of the land and all our institutions and statutory bodies including the Central Board of Film Certification.

Above: Karni Sena activists protest against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming movie Padmavati, in Jaipur on Saturday.

BJP-ruled states - Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan - have already raised objections over the content of the movie.

Meanwhile, Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi slammed the makers for allowing the film to be screened for various media channels before obtaining a certificate from the board.

The new release date of "Padmavati", which features Deepika Padukone in the title role as Rani Padmavati, alongside Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji, is yet to be announced. After watching the film, some of India's popular TV journalists said that the film in no way hurt Rajput pride and sentiments and needs to be released soon. "We demand that office- bearers of the organisation be shown the movie before it is released".

Taken aback by the above allegation, Joshi says "this is truly surprising".

The set of the movie was vandalised twice - in Jaipur and Kolhapur - and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was roughed up by members of Karni Sena during the Jaipur schedule of the film earlier this year.

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