Padmavati Row: Parliamentary Panel Calls Sanjay Leela Bhansali, CBFC Chief Prasoon Joshi

Padmavati Row: Parliamentary Panel Calls Sanjay Leela Bhansali, CBFC Chief Prasoon Joshi

Padmavati Row: Parliamentary Panel Calls Sanjay Leela Bhansali, CBFC Chief Prasoon Joshi

The CBFC chief appeared before the petition's panel that also took up the film for discussion and its chair C P Joshi, who is also from BJP, is understood to have noted that Bhansali had failed to take cognisance of the faith and reverence in the figure of Padmavati. Bhansali has agreed on numerous occasions that his film is a work of fiction and is based on the epic poem, Padmavat, written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540.

The 30-member parliamentary panel is headed by Bharatiya Janata Party MP Anurag Thakur, and its members include senior BJP leader LK Advani and actor-MPs like Paresh Rawal and Raj Babbar. Explaining the procedure, Joshi is learnt to have said that a regional committee reviews the film, with the central committee stepping in thereafter, if needed.

Salman, who has earlier worked with the filmmaker in Khamoshi (1996) and Hum Dil Chuke Sanam (1999), has also said that Bhansali is a responsible filmmaker and will not make a film that will offend anyone. I have not distorted facts. They are reportedly taking into consideration all the opinions coming from various parties and will then state its opinion on a release for Bhansali's film, along with other films which fall under a similar category (historical genre). Responding to a query from members, Joshi is learnt to have said that the promos and songs of Padmavati had been certified.

When Bhansali said he was already suffering financial loss and the film was due for release in 60 countries, panel members asked if he was trying to do business on an emotional issue. "The censor board or the Supreme Court will take a decision and everyone should respect that". "The date of the next meeting has not been fixed yet but hearings will go on".

Pune: Actor Nana Patekar on Thursday condemned the violent threats issued by fringe groups to film maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and heroine of the film Deepika Padukone over Padmavati, remarking that the ferocity of the tenor of such threats were "unacceptable". "This meeting has been called upon to discuss all these issues at length, bring all the relevant stakeholders at a common platform to eventually reach a consensus".

Padmavati controversy is at its peak.

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