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CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi expresses disappointment over private screening of Padmavati

It is being said that Sanjay Leela Bhansali held a special screening of Padmavati for certain members of the Rajput groups and some other people.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: November 18, 2017 8:35:12 pm
cbfc angry with special screening of Padmavati Sanjay Leela Bhansali held a special screening of Padmavati even before getting it cleared from CBFC.

The more Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the team of Padmavati are trying to take their movie away from controversies, the deeper it is getting embroiled in it. On Friday evening, reports of Bhansali giving in to the demands of Shri Rajput Karni Sena did the rounds. It was being said that the filmmaker held a special screening of the period drama for certain members of the Rajput groups and some other people. However, the special screening of the movie which is yet to be certified by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has irked the top officials of the board.

CBFC chairman, Prasoon Joshi, told ANI, “Disappointing that Padmavati is being screened for media and getting reviewed on national channels without CBFC having seen or certified the film. This compromises role of systems and balances that are part of a functioning industry. It’s myopic to treat certification process haphazardly to suit convenience. On one hand, holding CBFC responsible and pressurizing to accelerate process and on another hand, attempt to subvert the very process, sets an opportunistic precedent.” Talking about the delay in the certification of the film, the lyricist said, “Padmavati’s application came up this week for review. Makers admit paperwork isn’t complete. The disclaimer whether the film is a work of fiction/historical was left blank and on being asked to provide important documents, target CBFC for ‘looking the other way’. It is surprising.”

A top official of CBFC also told ANI, “The way people are expressing their views after watching Padmavati, one cannot say that it was a private screening. This is not done.” Another official of the board said, “The way Padmavati’s makers screened it for individuals before CBFC certification isn’t in good taste. There is a thin line between the private and public exhibition of a film and this screening w/o certification sets the wrong precedent. CBFC isn’t happy with this attitude.”

On Friday, the film hit a new stumbling block as CBFC sent Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus back to the makers citing that the application for the certification was “incomplete”. “The film was submitted for certification last week. We examined the documents, as we normally do. It was conveyed to the makers that their application was incomplete. They had to rectify and send it back, we will view it when it comes back to us,” PTI said quoting a source in the CBFC.

Confirming the same, Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, said, “That’s true. But film is with the CBFC, it is merely a minor technical issue. Nothing stops them from seeing the film if they want.”

Padmavati, a film based on the life of Rani Padmini of Chittor, is beset by multiple controversies from its filming days only. The sets of the Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor starrer have been vandalised at various locations and Bhansali has been attacked by the protestors.

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