Padmavati row: CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi appears before parliamentary panel

Padmavati row: CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi appears before parliamentary panel

According to the CBFC insiders, the Central Board of Film Certification is yet to scrutinize the application but they will be doing only after they will see the movie. "So we have not given them any screening date yet", an official said.

After innumerable protests, vandalism and threats against the movie, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and leading lady Deepika Padukone, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has chosen to ban the movie from his ruling state. The main reason behind inviting the director is just to know his views related to the controversy which is going on about the upcoming movie "Padmavati".

Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Viacom 18 submitted the new application yesterday, they said. "So long as controversy about the film does not subside, the film would not be released in Bihar".

The filmmakers have submitted three applications, including the latest 3D one, to the Censor Board.

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"On November 20, the court, while rejecting Sharma's plea for the blocking the release of "Padmavati" within the country, had said: "'Padmavati' has not yet received certification from CBFC. Among the questions, it is rumored that the panel will also be sharing opinions about movies based on historic figures and the extent to which a director or creator can be allowed to go to make his/her vision possible without hurting the sentiments of religious groups. The court is saying that the remarks were tantamount to pre-judging the movie is yet to be certified by the censor board. Joshi, who is also scheduled to appear before the parliamentary standing committee on IT later in the day, told the Lok Sabha Committee on Petitions that the censor board had only cleared the trailer and promos of the period film.

Taking exception to some portions of Sharma's petition, the court said it was "unwarranted and scurrilous". BJP government in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat have demanded that the movie should be banned or have asked the makers to remove the objectionable content from the movie before its release.

"Padmavati", which also stars Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, is mired in controversy over conjectures that it "distorts facts" about Rajput queen Padmavati.

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