Padmavati Row: CBFC Chief Prasoon Joshi Is DISAPPOINTED With Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Padmavati row is just getting bigger and bigger as the release date is nearing. Amid all the protests and threats to the film from various sections, the Central Board of Certification has its own share of complaints against the film. CBFC recently refused to view Padmavati saying that the paper work submitted before them were incomplete. Now, there are reports that Padmavati makers held a special screening privately for certain media persons and also gave in to the thought of screening it for Shri Rajput Karni Sena. This is has not gone down well with CBFC Chief Prasoon Joshi.
Talking to India Today, Prasoon Joshi said, “It’s disappointing that the film Padmavati is being screened for the media and getting reviewed on national channels without the CBFC having seen or certified the film. This compromises the role of systems and balances that are part of a functioning industry. It’s myopic to treat the certification process haphazardly to suit convenience. On one hand, holding the CBFC responsible and pressurising us to accelerate the process and on the other hand, attempting to subvert the very process, sets an opportunistic precedent.”
Taking about the why the certification is delayed, Joshi added, “In this specific case, the film’s application came up this week only for review. The makers know and admit that the paperwork is not complete – the very disclaimer whether the film is a work of fiction or historical was left blank and not stated – and on simply and legitimately being asked to provide important documents, the CBFC is being targetted for looking the other way and delaying. This truly is surprising.” (ALSO READ: Deepika Padukone On Padmavati Controversy: I Have Full Faith In The Judicial System; I Know No Wrong Will Be Done)
Well, now that the CBFC Chief has finally spoken up and made things from his side, we wonder if Padmavati makers will thwart the screenings before the certification process. Deepika Padukone- Shahid Kapoor- Ranveer Singh starrer Padmavati is slated to release on December 1.