Mewar royal questions CBFC over clearance to Bhansali’s Padmavati! Deets Here

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Mewar royal questions CBFC over clearance to Bhansali’s Padmavati! Deets Here

Mahendra Singh, a senior member from the Mewar royal family has questioned the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for supporting Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial ‘Padmavati’ claiming the film “misrepresents” revered heroic characters and may cause “social unrest”.

In a letter written to Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani and Minister of State Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the Mewar royal alleged that CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi had not considered all factors and “this public deception” suggested incompetence and complicity.

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He wrote, “The movie is likely to cause social unrest and such hurried certification and continuing misrepresentation can only bring disrepute to the CBFC.”

He also alleged that two panels seemed to have been invited for a special screening but the film was “clandestinely” shown to only one.

He further added in the letter, “The impression being given is that the panelists who saw the movie were in agreement over its release with the reported modifications. However, two members of the panel have gone on record to state that they were not in agreement to the release.”

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Questions raised over the clearance of Padmavati

Mahendra Singh claimed that the period drama was not even an accurate adaptation of Jayasi’s poem. The letter says, “The movie thereby misrepresents not only our culture but also this poem! It may be noted all communities had made their contribution at that time and we Rajputs need no certificate from the film or Mr. Joshi, especially at the cost of misrepresenting our culture and denigrating that of others.”

He said that it is clear that the invitation to both panels was just a bogus and the names of the panelists who sat to view the film are now being used to add credibility.

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He added that the claims of historical authenticity were dropped and the movie was declared to be fictional, drawing inspiration from Malik Mohammad Jayasi’s poem ‘Padmavat’.

Mahendra Singh’s son Vishvaraj Singh had written to CBFC chairman Joshi asking some clarifications after he received an invitation to be on a panel to review the film. Mahendra Singh also raised questions as to why the CBFC had not answered the issues raised by his son.

A week back, the CBFC asked Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s to chop the title of the flick “Padmavati” to ‘Padmavat’.  CBFC gave a UA certificate to the flick. The movie stars Deepika Padukone in the lead role of Rani Padmavati.

Published by Mamatha on 02 Jan 2018

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