Padmavati controversy is getting bigger each passing day. Last evening, reports began doing the rounds that the makers of Padmavati gave in and agreed to hold a special screening for the Shri Rajput Karni Sena.
However, this decision seems to have irked the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Prasoon Joshi.
Talking to India Today, Prasoon Joshi said, “It’s disappointing that the film Padmavati is being screened for the media and getting reviewed on national channels without the CBFC having seen or certified the film. This compromises the role of systems and balances that are part of a functioning industry. It’s myopic to treat the certification process haphazardly to suit convenience. On one hand, holding the CBFC responsible and pressurising us to accelerate the process and on the other hand, attempting to subvert the very process, sets an opportunistic precedent.”
Taking about the why the certification is delayed, Joshi added, “In this specific case, the film’s application came up this week only for review. The makers know and admit that the paperwork is not complete – the very disclaimer whether the film is a work of fiction or historical was left blank and not stated – and on simply and legitimately being asked to provide important documents, the CBFC is being targetted for looking the other way and delaying. This truly is surprising.”
“The CFBC is a responsible body and has the best interests of the industry and society. Let not convenient, casual methods be brought in to the practice. We all must have a responsible, mutually respectful and balanced approach,” Prasoon Joshi added.
Padmavati features Deepika in the lead playing the titular role of Rani Padmavati, Ranveer Singh and Alauddin Khilji and Shahid Kapoor as Maharwal Ratan Singh.