Padmavati parliamentary meeting: BJP wants ban, TMC and Congress back film

Padmavati parliamentary meeting: BJP wants ban, TMC and Congress back film

Kerry Wise
December 2, 2017

The censor board has in the past taken help from specialists in fields like medicine and defence while clearing movies based on such themes. "I gave him two hits - "Khamoshi" and "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" and he took Shah Rukh in the next one (Devdas)", he joked.

Among other MPs, the panel included actor-politicians Paresh Rawal of BJP, and Raj Babbar of Congress. "But while I do not know how the characters are portrayed and I can tell Sanjay (Bhansali) only after watching the film, I strongly condemn threats of violence [issued by fringe groups] against Deepika Padukone and him", said Mr. Patekar, speaking on the sidelines of the passing out parade of the 133rd course of the National Defence Academy (NDA), where the actor was invited as a special guest.

The chief of the CBFC, Prasoon Joshi said to the whole petition panel that he had not watched the movie and the Central Board of Film Certification had only cleared the movie's trailer and a promotional video.

Thakur wrote in a tweet earlier today, "Today at 3pm the Parliamentary IT Committee will be examining the subject "Film Industry:Problems & Challenges".

Though film has not been screened officially, there has been a pre-screening of the movie for a select people, including journalists, a few weeks ago.

"The panel has asked Bhansali and Joshi to appear before it and present their views on the movie". He also pointed out at the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology that the panel's proceedings were pointless. This would mean that the film does not lay claim to any historicity, though the explanation may not satisfy protesters who have claimed a "distortion" of events regarding the queen of Mewar.

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Detailing the proceedings of the IT panel, sources said chairman Anurag Thakur moved to put Bhansali at ease by making it clear that the panel only wanted to understand the issue and was with the director.

BJP MP from Chittorgarh, CP Joshi asked, "We have asked for a ban on Padmavati".

Eight members of the panel, including Koshiyari and the two petitioners, attended the meeting.

Anurag said in the statement, "How and why did this divide and controversy erupt..." The secretary to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, too, has deposed before us.

And the Padmavati controversy rages on.