The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea seeking a ban on the release of controversial film Padmavati in the United Kingdom on December 1 and warned politicians and those holding public offices not to make adverse comments, issue threats or pre-judge the movie before it is cleared by the Censor Board. Sanjay Leela Bhansali and The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Prasoon Joshi will discuss the controversy surrounding Padmavati on Thursday. Firstly, they will scrutinize the application and then they have to follow the due process and because of that, they have not given any screening date of the movie yet.
The filmmakers have submitted three applications, including the latest 3D one, to the Censor Board. A formal decision on the second application has been cleared yet by the board yet.
Various Rajput groups and political leaders have accused Bhansali of distorting history in the movie by using a romantic dream sequence between the Rajput queen Padmini and Alauddin Khilji, a claim repeatedly denied by the filmmaker.
The BJP MP also said, "There have been instances in the past where controversy has been created around films just to ensure extra publicity for them". Among the questions, it is rumored that the panel will also be sharing opinions about movies based on historic figures and the extent to which a director or creator can be allowed to go to make his/her vision possible without hurting the sentiments of religious groups. They will restart our plan once the movie will get the certificate.
Taking exception to some portions of Sharma's petition, the court said it was "unwarranted and scurrilous". It will prejudice the decision-making of CBFC.
"It is true that there is a meeting between the CBFC and Bhansali regarding "Padmavati" called by a parliamentary panel today", PTI quoted a source in the censor board as saying.
Although the court did not name any politician or party, the rap came days after the BJP chief ministers of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan had declared their intention of banning the movie in their states for allegedly hurting Rajput sentiments.