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Padmavati: If you expect a solution, give CBFC time, space and a state of mind, says Prasoon Joshi

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati is the first major hurdle that Prasoon Joshi faces as the head of the Central Board of Film Certification.

bollywood Updated: Nov 21, 2017 11:56 IST
Press Trust of India, Panaji
Prasoon Joshi,Sanjay Leela Bhansali,Central Board of Film Certification
Deepika Padukone stars as Queen Padmavati in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film.

CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi on Monday said the censor board is trying to come up with a “balanced decision” about Padmavati but it should be given adequate space and time to do that.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film is the first major hurdle that Joshi faces as the head of the Central Board of Film Certification.

Joshi said the board asks for 68 days for the certification process of a film so that they have enough time if a situation like Padmavati comes up.

“We need to understand that the CBFC must take a balanced decision. This situation was not created by the CBFC. It had nothing to do with the protests on the roads. You show the film to media houses and get reviews done but you want CBFC to deliver a fair and well-thought out decision?” Joshi said on the sidelines of IFFI’s inaugural ceremony.

Prasoon Joshi heads the Central Board of Film Certification.

The censor board had returned the application to the film’s makers citing “technical issues” after protests erupted over the magnum opus on the legendary queen of Chittor, with various Rajput groups and politicians accusing the director of “distorting historical facts” by including a dream sequence between queen Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji.

“We are not asking for a lot of time. We mostly certify films before 68 days but we ask that time so that when there a situation like this, we have time. This is not new. It has been with the CBFC for years. If certain people don’t want to see this, that is their decision.

“I respect Sanjay Leela Bhansali a lot. As a member of the film fraternity, I understand him. But this issue is not about Bhansali. It is about the controversy over the film,” he said.

The adman-lyricist said it was not the time for arguments as discussion and dialogue were the way forward.

“For that to happen, we need to have patience. There is an anxiety, eagerness, aggression and impatience, which needs to end. Unless you end that, you are not doing justice to the CBFC because the situation has not been created by us.

“If you expect a solution, you need to give CBFC time, space and a state of mind so that they can take a decision. That’s what I request from everyone who is involved in this.”

Joshi said he condemned any kind of violence but respected people’s feelings.

“I condemn any kind of violence but I respect feelings, creativity and the different groups of the society. In light of all these things, the CBFC has to take a well-thought out decision.”

Padmavati: states of protest
  • 01 Punjab’s Amarinder Singh becomes first Congress chief minister to support protests against movie
  • 02 Haryana wants movie banned, a party leader offers Rs 10 crore bounty for anyone beheading Padukone or Bhansali
  • 03 Rajasthan wants "objectionable" parts of movie removed. Group called Karni Sena threatens actor Deepika Padukone, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali
  • 04 Gujarat BJP tells Election Commission movie should be released after state elections
  • 05 Maharashtra govt assures security to Padmavati’s actors, director and theatres; Shiv Sena wants Bhansali to heed protesters’ demands
  • 06 Karnataka govt assures security to movie, asks Haryana to take action against people threatening Padukone
  • 07 Telangana BJP leader T Raja Singh threatens to torch theatres if they screen the movie
  • 08 West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee supports movie, calls controversy ‘super emergency’
  • 09 MP bans movie. CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan says he won’t allow "distortion of history"
  • 10 UP too wants movie delayed. A Thakur leader offers Rs 5 crore as bounty for beheading Bhansali or Padukone

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First Published: Nov 21, 2017 09:18 IST