Padmavati row: CBFC rejects application to expedite certification process

Padmavati row: CBFC rejects application to expedite certification process

The board explained that the film will be reviewed as per the due process.

Mr Joshi had earlier said that he respects Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who is facing the wrath of political parties, organisations and individuals over Padmavati.

Meanwhile, Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi slammed the makers for allowing the film to be screened for various media channels before obtaining a certificate from the board.

The film is slated to hit theatres on December 1.

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a plea seeking to block the release of controversial film "Padmavati", saying that it is "premature" as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has yet to decide and any interference at this stage would amount to "pre-judging the matter". On the one hand, holding the CBFC responsible and pressurizing to accelerate the process.

Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal, whose films like Ankur, Nishant, Manthan focused on the evils of the caste system, sees a pattern of vote-bank politics in the protests against Padmavati.

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"Padmavati" features Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles.

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.

According to India Today TV reports, the apex court made it clear that it is "not inclined to interfere in the matter" before the certification process is completed.

On Friday, a "private screening" was held for select media persons and journalists Rajat Sharma and Arnab Goswami have said the film upholds Rajput pride.

The Karni Sena has stated that its sentiments have been hurt by the movie, as it shows Rani Padmavati as a dancer, even though she would never have danced in front of anyone.

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