ARE STATE LEADERS GIVING IN TO COMMUNITY PRESSURE TO CENSURE PADMAVATI?

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Padmavati row: Nitish Kumar says film won’t be released in Bihar until Bhansali clarifies his stand

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati will not be released in the state until the director has clarified his stand on the controversy, The Indian Express reported. The film, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, has been in the midst of a controversy since January, with Rajput groups and others accusing Bhansali of distorting history.

“As people from several quarters have been raising questions on Padmavati, the director of the film should clarify his stand,” Kumar said, according to The Indian Express. “Till then, the film will not be shown in Bihar.” He further said that the filmmakers should not have shown Rani Padmini dancing.

However, an IANS report claimed that Kumar has already banned the film in Bihar on the request of Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Neeraj Kumar Bablu.

Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij too jumped into the controversy on Tuesday. He told ANI, “I am astonished that in a democracy we need court’s permission to express ourselves.”

Kumar and Vij’s comments came on a day when the Supreme Court criticised those holding power or public offices who have commented about Padmavati while it is still pending before the Central Board of Film Certification.

The Supreme Court made the observations after ministers of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have demanded that Padmavati be banned or not released until changes are made. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had said that the state government will not take a decision until the censor board has given its decision. However, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah have openly supported the film.

The controversy
In the past few weeks, Padukone and Bhansali have received a number of threats. Mahipal Singh Makrana, Rajput Karni Sena’s state president, openly threatened to chop off Padukone’s nose for her role in the film. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s chief media coordinator for Haryana, Suraj Pal Amu, announced a Rs 10-crore reward for anyone who beheads Padukone and Bhansali.

After these threats, Viacom18 Motion Pictures – the co-producers of Padmavati – said they had decided to “voluntarily defer” the film’s release. The movie was scheduled to be out on December 1.

SOURCE – SCROLL.IN

SC Dismisses Plea Against ‘Padmavati’, Rebukes CMs for Speaking Against Film

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today took strong exception to statements made by persons holding high offices – including several chief ministers – against the film Padmavati, saying the remarks were tantamount to pre-judging the movie which is yet to be certified by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra dismissed a fresh petition that had sought an order to restrain the producers of the movie from releasing it abroad.

“When matter is pending for CBFC’s consideration, how can persons holding public offices comment on whether CBFC should issue certificate or not? It’ll prejudice decision making of CBFC…All concerned people, holding responsible posts must be guided by rule of law and shouldn’t venture into passing comments on films which haven’t been cleared by CBFC. It’ll prejudice minds of board members while taking a decision,” Indian Express quoted the court as saying.

Lawyer M.L. Sharma had also sought a direction to the CBI to register a case against director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and others for various offences including defamation and violation of the Cinematography Act.

The bench, which also comprised Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud, termed as “misconceived” the prayers sought by Sharma in his fresh petition and said that the court cannot pre-judge a movie which is yet to be certified by the CBFC.

SOURCE – THE WIRE

Parliamentary Panel Calls Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Prasoon Joshi Over “Padmavati” Row

Parliamentary Panel Calls Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Prasoon Joshi Over “Padmavati” Row.
The 30-member panel has also asked producers of the movie and officials of the information and broadcasting ministry to appear before it and brief about the controversy relating to the Rs. 150 crore film.
Parliamentary Panel Calls Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Prasoon Joshi Over ‘Padmavati’ Row
The 30-member committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday over the Padmavati row (File)
NEW DELHI: “Padmavati” director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and censor board chief Prasoon Joshi have been asked by a parliamentary committee on IT to appear before it and present their views on the controversy surrounding the movie which has been accused of distorting history by fringe groups.

The 30-member panel has also asked producers of the movie and officials of the information and broadcasting ministry to appear before it and brief about the controversy relating to the Rs. 150 crore film.

“The panel has asked Mr Bhansali and Mr Joshi to appear before it and present their views on the movie. They can present their case before the panel. The members have also decided to call the producers of the movie,” chairman of the panel Anurag Thakur told PTI.

The committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday.

Actors Paresh Rawal and Raj Babbar, who are members of Parliament, are also part of the panel which will examine the issues relating to the movie.

Parliamentary sources said they have reached out to Mr Bhansali, but he appeared to be “shying away” from appearing before the panel.

The censor board is yet to clear the film.

The film, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, is based on Rajput queen Padmini.

As allegations of distorting history in the film triggered protests in various states, the makers of the movie has deferred its release date.

The film was scheduled to release on December 1, this year.

SOURCE – NDTV

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