I’ve not watched Padmavati: CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi

CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi rubbishes the reports that say that he has seen Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati and that it was expected that the movie will "sail through without cuts".

By: IANS | New Delhi | Published: November 16, 2017 10:15 am
CBFC chief prasoon joshi on padmavati row Prasoon Joshi had last week come out in support of Bhansali after BJP member Arjun Gupta sttacked the film.

Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Prasoon Joshi says he has not yet watched the controversial film Padmavati, contrary to reports.

In a text to IANS, Joshi clarified: “The speculative reports a few publications are carrying about I having watched ‘Padmavati’ are absolutely baseless and untrue. I have not watched the film, not expressed any views regarding it. The film will follow the due process at CBFC.”

According to earlier reports, a “well-informed source” was quoted as saying that Joshi saw the film and didn’t find anything objectionable in the content and that it was expected that the movie will “sail through without cuts”.

Padmavati is in the news as various organisations, political parties and individuals standing up for the Rajput community, have been opposing the film’s release over fears that it distorts history in telling the tale of Rajput queen Padmavati.

The makers have repeatedly said the movie is devoid of scenes that may hurt anyone’s sentiments.

Joshi had last week come out in support of Bhansali after BJP member Arjun Gupta, also a CBFC member, urged Home Minister Rajnath Singh that the filmmaker should be tried for treason for distorting history.

“It’s unfortunate to see the personal point of view expressed by an advisory panel member of CBFC against Sanjay Leela Bhansali. By no means does it represent the point of view of CBFC as an organisation or the CBFC board. We have respect for Bhansali as an individual and artist,” Joshi had said.

“Padmavati” is due for release on December 1.

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  1. M
    Nov 16, 2017 at 10:52 am
    Bhansali cannot be trusted as he has distorted history in the past. Its better to show it to historians before proceeding. If I am not mistaken, he has distorted history in his previous movies as well for adding glamour to his films. He has done it in Bajirao Mastani and hurt sentiments of Maharashtrians. Same may be the case with rajputs...... It requires immense research and patiences to make historical movies (documentaries). I don't think he has caliber like Ketan Mehta or Shyam Benegal to make such high profile historical documentaries. One should not try to attempt such period movies where the sentiments run high, if not thought properly. Its just one commercial film which has more to do with sets, costumes, art direction, etc. and YES, Unnecessary PUBILC ATTENTION for commercial gains.