Bhansali says Padmavati work of fiction, CBFC says will consult historians

by Abel Hampton December 2, 2017, 0:36
Bhansali says Padmavati work of fiction, CBFC says will consult historians

Sources said the panel likely to view "Padmavati" will include historians and that the film's producers have re-submitted their application to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), this time filling in the relevant entry stating whether the movie was based on a work of fiction or historical events.

On Thursday, Salman Khan said that it was not right to hurt people's sentiments and nor was it accurate to come on conclusions without seeing the film, as the 51-year-old actor talked about the ongoing Padmavati issue at the 15th edition of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.

Bhansali faced irked members of the panel on information technology, who wanted to know why he held a special screening for select media personnel when the film is yet to be cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

The panel called the meeting to discuss the controversy around the film, PTI reported.

Advani, however, intervened and told the panel that a cross-examination of Bhansali was not on the agenda, The Hindu quoted a committee member as saying. Thakur also asked Bhansali how he could assume the film will release on December 1 when it was sent to the censor board only on November 11.

The chief of the CBFC, Prasoon Joshi said to the whole petition panel that he had not watched the movie and the Central Board of Film Certification had only cleared the movie's trailer and a promotional video. "I gave him two hits - "Khamoshi" and "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" and he took Shah Rukh in the next one (Devdas)", he joked. Now, it has up to two months to decide on the movie after a multi-level process.

According to sources, Virendra Kashyap, BJP MP from Shimla, asked Bhansali if he had created the controversy for publicity.

Wondering if creating controversy was a new trend to sell the movie, the panel members pointed out that the media was giving free space due to the ongoing row and even social media had given the movie vast space.

Speaking to reporters in his Vidhan Sabha office, Nitish said: "Since objections against Padmavati are being raised from several quarters, its filmmaker should clarify his stand".

Superstar Salman Khan is no stranger to controversies, and the actor believes rows such as those around "Padmavati" affect the movie business adversely.

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