Over the past couple of weeks there have been various reports about the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film Padmavati. In fact, certain groups have called for a ban on the release of the film, due to which the release of the film came under fire. However, while demands for the ban of the film were still on, it was reported that the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had apparently sent the film back to its makers without a certificate since the form submitted was incomplete.
Talking at the ongoing IFFI, Prasoon Joshi shed light about the way forward for the eventual censorship and release of the film. Taking into consideration all the controversies that have arisen around Padmavati, Joshi added, “I think everyone should observe patience as of now. The anxiety, eagerness surrounding the matter needs to end. Because not ending it is unfair to the CBFC and the board needs time to handle it cautiously. None of these situations were created by the CBFC in the first place but everyone is expecting a solution from us. Hence, we require time and space to figure out everything. I would request everyone, including all from the film fraternity, to provide us with the same so that we can arrive at a fair decision. However, I condemn any kind of violence related to the matter. I do respect emotions but at the same time I also respect filmmakers, the creativity, the varied opinions that exist in the society. I assure that CBFC will arrive at a decision keeping all these elements into consideration.”
As of now, while the Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor starrer is yet to be censored and receive a certificate from the CBFC, the release of Padmavati has been delayed.
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