The Censor Board cleared Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial Padmavati, recently, after making minor modifications and changing its title to Padmavat. Turns out, it is not just the Rajput Karni Sena, but some members of former royal families, who are unhappy about CBFC’s decision.
In a letter to Smriti Irani (Minister of Information and Broadcasting) and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (Minister of State for Information and Broadcast), Mahendra Singh Mewar expressed concern over CBFC clearing the movie in a hurry.
According to Hindustan Times, Mahendra Singh Mewar, a former Lok Sabha member wrote to the I&B Ministry:
The CBFC, through Prasoon Joshi, has endorsed a film that misrepresents revered heroic characters and one that is likely to cause social unrest… This public deception pulled off on his watch suggests incompetence and/or complicity. Such hurried certification and continuing misrepresentations can only bring disrepute to the CBFC.”
On Saturday, the Censor Board cleared Padmavati, after a discussion with a panel of historians and royal family members, with a U/A certification.
Special panel consisted of Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr.Chandramani Singh & Prof K.K. Singh of Jaipur University. Panel member had insights & also some reservations regarding claimed historical events & socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length: CBFC #Padmavati
— ANI (@ANI) December 30, 2017
Mahendra Singh Mewar also raised questions over the selection of the panel chosen by the CBFC to review the movie and wrote:
One set of panelists was invited and then the film was clandestinely shown to another set. The impression being given is that the panelists who have seen the film are in agreement with the movie being released with the above stated modifications. It is, however, reliably learnt that none of the panelists is in agreement with the film.”
He further expressed disappointment and called the title change to be a ‘cosmetic one’, which doesn’t change the fact that the names of people being referred to in the movie were his ancestors. Slamming the CBFC further, he said :
Contrary to all civilised conduct, the CBFC by suggesting such changes has reduced itself to endorsing the propagation of fiction about heroic personalities and living families…”