Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the director of Bollywood period film ‘Padmavati’and Prasoon Joshi, the chief of Central Board of Film Certification appeared before a Parliamentary panel on Thursday afternoon.
The 30-member Parliamentary panel was to discuss the controversy surrounding the film. There have been multiple protests seeking a ban on the release of the film which based on Rajput queen Padmavati. The protesters, especially the Rajput Karni Sena have alleged that the film distorts history and shows the Rajput queen in bad light, which amounts to hurting the sentiments of certain sections of the community.
“It is true that there is a meeting between the CBFC and Bhansali regarding ‘Padmavati’ called by a parliamentary panel today,” a source in the censor board said.
The panel has also asked the producers of the film and Information and Broadcasting ministry officials to attend the meeting.
Officials in Viacom18 Motion Pictures, which has co-produced the film along with Bhansali Productions, refused to comment.
“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 on November 28.
Actor turned MPs, Paresh Rawal and Raj Babbar are also part of the panel.
Various Rajput groups and political leaders have accused Bhansali of using a romantic dream sequence between the Rajput queen Padmini and Sultan Alauddin Khilji, a claim repeatedly denied by the filmmaker.
The censor board is yet to issue a certificate to the film. Padmavati was earlier scheduled to release on December 1 but the makers deferred the release indefinitely after the protests escalated.
(With inputs from PTI)