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Padmaavat: Allahabad HC issues contempt notice to CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi

CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi failed to respond to a PIL the high court had sent over the release of Padmaavat.

bollywood Updated: Jan 17, 2018 11:26 IST
Lucknow, Press Trust of India
Padmaavat,Sanjay Leela Bhansali,Deepika Padukone
The CBFC finally gave a U/A certificate to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat. However, the film is facing a ban in four states - Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

The Allahabad High Court has issued a contempt notice to chairman of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Prasoon Joshi in connection with the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat on January 25. Based on Mohammad Jayasi’s poem Padmavat, the film stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini, Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh.

The Lucknow bench of the court granted three weeks’ time to Joshi for filing his response to the contempt notice. It fixed next hearing of the matter in the week commencing February 12.

A bench of Justice Mahendra Dayal passed the order on the petition filed by Kamta Prasad Singhal, who had submitted that he had earlier filed a Public Interest Litigation seeking ban on the release of the movie because it promoted Sati, which is an offence.After hearing the PIL, the court had on November 9, 2017, dismissed the petition but, simultaneously, it had permitted the petitioner to move his grievance through a representation to the CBFC.

Accordingly, he moved the representation before the chairman of the board on November 13, 2017 but Joshi is yet to decide on it and three weeks time given to him by the high court has expired. At this, the high court issued contempt notice to Joshi.

While the story of Rani Padmini traditionally involves Jauhar - a ritual where women jump into fire to save their honour, the practice of Sati is not likely to be part of the narrative. Sati was the practice of women sacrificing themselves at the pyres of their dead husband.

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First Published: Jan 17, 2018 09:34 IST