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

Posted December 03, 2017

"It is premature for people to pass judgment on the film without even watching it, though I fail to understand why such intense controversy happens before his [Bhansali's] films are released?"

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati has been surrounded by the controversies from day 1. Shared by a senior journalist Rahul Kanwal, the poster, with the sarcastic undertones talks about how some outfits are doing all in their might to not let the film release and how no action is being taken to stop all the open threats.

Joshi, along with Bhansali, was also asked to submit their responses before the Petitions Committee of Lok Sabha after two BJP MPs, Om Birla and CP Joshi, complained against the film and sought a ban on its release, alleging that the film "distorts history".

Padmavati director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Central Board of Film Certification chief Prasoon Joshi appeared before a parliamentary standing committee on information technology on Thursday. One of the members from the panel spoke to The Hindu and said, "He [Advani] told the chairperson that the panel already has enough on its plate and should not take up unrelated issues". Bhansali explained that it was just shown to eight persons including two media personalities and his close friends; however he has now assured that the film will not be screened elsewhere until it is certified by the censor board, reports The Hindu. The film is based on a poem by Malik Muhammad Jayasi.

"Whenever there is a controversy around a film, there is a lot of loss. The members have also made a decision to call the producers of the movie".

Sources said the CBFC chief and the committee demanded to know why Bhansali used "real names" in the movie if it was based on a fictional theme.

Salman, who has earlier worked with the filmmaker in Khamoshi (1996) and Hum Dil Chuke Sanam (1999), has also said that Bhansali is a responsible filmmaker and will not make a film that will offend anyone.

The statement quoted Thakur as saying: "How and why did this divide and controversy erupt..."

And the Padmavati controversy rages on.