Padmavati row: CBFC delays censor certificate to Bhansali movie over incomplete documents
The Central Board of Film Certification has delayed certification to Padmavati because the documents provided by the makers were incomplete.
The Shri Rajput Karni Sena has managed to browbeat the makers of Padmavati into holding a special screening for the outfit.
For months now, the Shri Rajput Karni Sena has been aggressively protesting the release of the film, claiming that it distorts history and demeans the honour of the Rajput queen, Rani Padmini. The group even issued death threats to director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and threatened to chop off the nose of the film's leading lady, Deepika Padukone.
Meanwhile, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has delayed certification to Padmavati. Sources in the CBFC told India Today that the original set of documents received from the makers of Padmavati are incomplete and did not have the requisite disclaimers at the start of the film.
The CBFC certification process takes at least 61 days for a film to be cleared. This means that the movie's slated December 1 release is not possible. It may well be not before January 2018 when the Bhansali movie will be screened in public theatres after CBFC certification.
The makers of Padmavati wrote to the CBFC that they need the certification, so that they can organise private screenings for the Shri Rajput Karni Sena.
Highly placed government sources have confirmed to India Today that the decision on the censor certificate to Padmavati will be that of the CBFC alone and that the government has no plans of interfering in its workings.
Reports were doing the rounds that CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi had watched Padmavati and found nothing objectionable in the film. However, he told India Today that he has not yet watched the film and that stories in the media about him having attended a private screening are false.
Sources close to Minister of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani have also told India Today that she hasn't watched Padmavati either and any report to the contrary is false.
Meanwhile, amid the increasing protests, Deepika Padukone, has reportedly been provided special security by the Mumbai police. This came after a senior leader of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena threatened to chop off Deepika's nose like Shurpanakha (Shurpanakha was a character in Ramayana whose nose was chopped off by Lakshman).
Padmavati is slated for a release on December 1, and stars Deepika Padukone in the titular role, Shahid Kapoor as her husband, Maharawal Ratan Singh, and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji.