Parliamentary panel upset at pre-censor screening of Padmavati

Dec 02, 2017, 00:39
Parliamentary panel upset at pre-censor screening of Padmavati

The censor board is yet to certify the film but it has passed the song Ghoomar. "I gave him two hits, then he took Shah Rukh Khan in Devdas", Salman jokingly said when he sat in a QA session with Shekhar Gupta, editor of the news portal The Print, at the 15th edition of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit on Thursday (November 30).

Among other MPs, the panel included actor-politicians Paresh Rawal of BJP, and Raj Babbar of Congress.

At the parliamentary panel to discuss the Padmavati controversy today, that had filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Prasoon Joshi in attendance, BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) members sought a ban on the film. "So long as controversy about the film does not subside, the film would not be released in Bihar".

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

Sources told IANS that the film-maker was asked why he had screened the movie for a few select journalists even before it was cleared by the censor board. Some panel members said it seemed that Bhansali's movies tend to target communities, thus triggering social tension. He also pointed out at the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology that the panel's proceedings were pointless.

The censor board is yet to clear the film. The makers of the movie have responded the question on how the makers of the movie can send the movie to the United Kingdom for the certification.

According to sources, Virendra Kashyap, BJP MP from Shimla, asked Bhansali if he had created the controversy for publicity.

The Lok Sabha panel chairman Bhagat Singh Koshiyari said, "Two MPs had given petitions before us".

The statement quoted Thakur as saying: "How and why did this divide and controversy erupt..." The secretary to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, too, has deposed before us. "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".

Superstar Salman Khan is no stranger to controversies, and the actor believes rows such as those around "Padmavati" affect the movie business adversely.