UP government asks Centre to postpone Padmavati release date

I've not watched 'Padmavati': Prasoon Joshi

The Censor Board of Film Certification must refuse a certificate to Sanjay Leela Bhansali until and unless he shows it to representatives of the Hindu organisations and clear their doubts, according to Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS).

"The Censor Board should interfere and take a stand that unless Bhansali agrees to this demand, a censor certificate will not be issued to the film". "In view of the (possible) dharna, agitation, traffic jam, arsoning - all measures should be taken in advance and strict legal action should be initiated against those involved in such acts", he said. They should be apprised about it. They fear that releasing the film in its current form will be a disrespect to their Rajput queen Rani Padmini and bring dishonour to Rajput community. It states that after the release of the film's trailer on October 9, a series of protests were held by various organisations.

The Karni Sena has even issued a threat of violent protests if Padmavati gets released.

In a text to IANS, Joshi clarified: "The speculative reports a few publications are carrying about I having watched Padmavati are absolutely baseless and untrue". In its letter, the state government has urged the I&B ministry to appraise the Central Board of Film Certification about the public sentiments prevailing in the state following the alleged distortion of historical facts related to Padmavati and Allaudin Khilji in the film.

There have been protests and violence against Bhansali and opposition to the film right from the time it was being shot at various locales in different parts of India and now, as it prepares for release globally soon. The sets were vandalised on two occasions and Bhansali was reportedly assaulted during one of the incidents.

"Padmavati" stars Deepika Padukone playing the titular role, Shahid Kapoor playing the role of Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji.

When asked that the decision of the makers to organise a special screening for the disgruntled groups was surrendering to such elements, the director told PTI, "There is a lot of pressure and a lot of investment riding on you as a director".



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