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Padmaavat threat: Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi skips Jaipur Lit Fest

Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi addressed the release of Padmaavat in his statement: “I did my job and sincerely took a sensitive and balanced call.

By: Express News Service | Jaipur | Updated: January 28, 2018 8:50 am
Prasoon Joshi, JLF, Jaipur Literature Festival, Padmaavat protest, Censor Board chief threatened, Prasoon Joshi Litfest, Indian Express Prasoon Joshi was scheduled to address a session titled “Main Aur Woh: Conversations with Myself” on Sunday.

Days after the Karni Sena, protesting over the release of Padmaavat, warned that Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi would not be allowed to enter Rajasthan for the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), the poet-lyricist on Saturday said he had decided to skip the event to avoid “discomfort” to the organisers and “fellow writers”.

“(I) will not be attending JLF this year and must say will miss sharing great moments with literature and poetry lovers. I am doing this so that the dignity of the event does not get compromised or discomfort caused either to the organisers, fellow writers or the attendees. And also so that the lovers of literature get to focus on creativity and not controversy,” Joshi said in a statement released in the morning.

Joshi addressed the release of Padmaavat in his statement: “I did my job and sincerely took a sensitive and balanced call. As I have said earlier, certification was done with due processes, incorporating valid suggestions whilst staying mindful to the concerns of society as well as to the canvas of cinema. It’s sad that we are not relying on genuine peaceful dialogue. It’s important that we keep mutual trust and faith in each other and our institutions so that the issues don’t reach this far.”

Joshi was scheduled to address a session titled “Main Aur Woh: Conversations with Myself” on Sunday. A few hours after Joshi’s statement was released, Sanjoy Roy, co-founder and managing director of Teamwork Arts, which organises JLF, addressed a press conference. “We respect the stand that Prasoon Joshi has taken. We also want to thank Rajasthan government and the police because they have taken care of every visitor, every author and they’ve ensured the safety and security of everybody here. I also want to say that there is no place for violence in the narrative of a new India. Whoever ignites the flame of hatred, will be consumed,” he said.

Cinema and multiplex owners in four states, including Rajasthan, are yet to screen Padmaavat. Speaking to The Indian Express on Friday, Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena leader Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi said they would not allow Joshi to enter the state. “We will vehemently oppose his visit to Rajasthan. I have informed my teams in other states to oppose him wherever he goes. They flatter the government and take ripe posts and then force decisions on everyone as per their whims,” he said.

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    ASH
    Jan 29, 2018 at 8:46 am
    Should he not be asked to explain why he decided to skip the festival? After all, a person of his stature is expected to confront ‘mobocracy’ by speaking out and not abdicate the public discourse space to allow intolerance to dominate...more so as he represents the creative field, arguably the most important ecosystem in a society to nurture disagreements.
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    1. harun hafeez
      Jan 28, 2018 at 8:53 am
      The movie has been released and every Bloke who saw the Movies said that the Movie had nothing of what was claimed by Karni Sena.Are we a country of fakes and only fake claims carry weight like we have seen in Padmavat.Wonder were we are heading.
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        brijblal
        Jan 28, 2018 at 8:00 am
        I happened to see Padmaavat movie this Friday. It is like any other movie, nothing objectionable, insulting, humiliating to any community. Actors did their performance nicely. Director Bhansali did a great job to make the movie. The movie depicts great character of Rana Ratan Singh, man of word, Rani Padmavati, woman of devotion to her family, state, and Alauddin Khilji a villain . It appears there may be some bad elements to raise hue and cry to stop its screening Compe ors of Bhansali, dirty politics, IS, Pakistani IS, others to divert attention of Government from development. Needs probe by Government to check behind this disturbance. A movie can not take away the glory of our historical heroes. May be frustration and economic disparity of Rajput Community who were once rulers. The movie makes every Indian proud of our history.
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        1. Freak Jesus
          Jan 28, 2018 at 8:58 am
          May be Bhansali paid Karni Sena to create all this controversy so that the movies is a hit? Why not do a investigation and put people like Bhansali in Jail?
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