Padmavati row: Bhansali, CBFC chief Joshi to meet Parl panel today

Posted November 30, 2017

"When the matter is pending before the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for grant of certificate, nobody holding a responsible position should comment as it would amount to the violation of the principle of the rule of law".

Meanwhile, the 30-member parliamentary panel on IT has also asked the producers of the movie and officials of the information and broadcasting ministry to attend the meeting and brief it on the furore related to the film, reports PTI.

Actor Nana Patekar on Thursday said threats to actress Deepika Padukone and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali regarding the release of their controversial film "Padmavati" are "wrong and unacceptable".

Bollywood has seen drama unfold, but the kind of drama that has been circling around Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavati" has left everyone perplexed about the room for creativity in this form of art. Cinema is supposed to be about liberties and freedom to express through pictures and for entertainment.

The release date of Padmavati has already been deferred from Dec 1 after several fringe groups had protested against the film over alleged distortion of history by director Bhansali. A formal decision on the second application has been cleared yet by the board yet. Our clock has stopped now, we are just waiting and waiting. There are historians which are also divided on whether the Rani Padmini really existed. The court is saying that the remarks were tantamount to pre-judging the movie is yet to be certified by the censor board.

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"Needless to say that the pleadings are premature", the bench had said that CBFC was a statutory body and the court could not injunct it from doing its duty of certifying the film.

Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud a bench of CBI said "The movie is before CBFC and a decision has not been taken yet".

The Supreme Court made the observations after ministers of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have demanded that Padmavati be banned or not released until changes are made.

"Padmavati" stars Deepika, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in the lead.