Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Parliamentary panel upset at pre-censor screening of Padmavati

Parliamentary panel upset at pre-censor screening of Padmavati

The controversy meant the movie is talked about widely in the media and on social media, the panel said, while it asked Bhansali if creating a controversy was a new way to sell a film, PTI reported.

"Don't know about others but Sanjay Leela Bhansali has definitely offended me", Salman said, teasing the director in a lighthearted manner. In the meeting held on Friday, both the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the I&B ministry submitted a report which states their opinion on whether the film should go for further edits/cuts or be completely banned and not given a release.

Bhansali was asked three key questions: Can a filmmaker depict the banned practice of "Sati"? Is a selective media screening of a movie without a CBFC clearance fair and ethical? Thakur also asked Bhansali how he could assume the film will release on December 1 when it was sent to the censor board only on November 11.

As cited in PinkVilla, Khan said, "No one gains from a controversy around a film, and only leads to loss".

"We don't intend to hurt anyone's sentiments", Bhansali told the 30-member panel headed by BJP MP Anurag Thakur.

"I gave him two hits but he still chose Shah Rukh Khan for Devdas", he said, on a lighter note. The committee took cognizance of the issue as part of its study - "Film Industry: Problems and challenges".

"The panel has asked Bhansali and Joshi to appear before it and present their views on the movie".

Bhansali and Joshi appeared before the standing committee, while the CBFC chief deposed before the Lok Sabha panel as well. However, the whole process of clearing the 3D version of a movie is completed different from that of clearing the movie in a 2D version and there are some of the visual impacts some scenes may have on children.

Meanwhile, Joshi told the committee that the censor board's main objection to the film was that it was shown to a few people before certification.

Joshi also informed the panel that the CBFC would appoint a team of experts to look at the content of the film, said sources. 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. Among those who attended the meeting included Congress' Raj Babbar and BJP patriarch LK Advani.

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