"Padmavati" director Sanjay Leela Bhansali today appeared before a parliamentary standing committee on information technology to share his views on the controversy surrounding the film. The makers of the movie have submitted the three application which includes the latest 3D one, to the Censor Board.
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 Sultan Alauddin Khilji, a claim repeatedly denied by the filmmaker. 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. The first was returned because there was no disclaimer. Now, they are waiting for the screening date from the Board. While speaking to media, he said it would be wrong to comment on the film before it releases. Our clock has stopped now, we are just waiting and waiting.
The Chief Justice, Dipak Mishra said that how can the person in the public authority can comment on whether the Central Board of Film Certification should issue a certificate or not?
"There is no intention to do so, as of now", he said, informing the court that it would harm the movie's business interest if it is screened overseas before release in India.
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Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Bihar have already banned the film, yet to be certified by the censor board.