Yogi Adityanath government writes to Centre to defer Padmavati’s release
Uttar Pradesh has joined eight other states that are also apprehensive of the film’s release on the account that it might trigger extreme reactions. Release of filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial period film Padmavati might be deferred if not outrightly banned in Uttar Pradesh.
The UP government, which was earlier preparing for the month-end release of the film, has now written to the union ministry of information and broadcasting to consider deferring it.In a two-page missive to the information and broadcasting secretary NK Sinha, UP’s principal secretary (home) Arvind Kumar has also suggested that the members of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) be apprised of the extreme sentiments involved among various social and cultural groups in the most populous state.
“Its December 1 release may not serve the interest of peace,” the state government has argued pointing out that the film’s release also coincides with declaration of UP civic poll results as well as Barawafat, making it difficult for the state government to make arrangements for the screening.Though the Supreme Court had shot down a PIL seeking a ban on the film’s screening, the state government’s missive points out that the apex court had suggested that it was for CBFC to take a view on the issue – reason why the UP government has sought the centre’s push in bringing the issue to the notice of film certification board whose clearance is a must for a film’s release.
The film is yet to be cleared by CBFC and by requesting the union broadcasting ministry to apprise the CBFC members with the sentiments of the people, the state government has virtually sought a ban on the film – a demand made by Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha, the Rajput body which feels that the character of Rajput queen Padmavati has been negatively portrayed in the movie.
Several lawmakers from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party – from Aligarh MP Satish Gautam to party MLAs Sanjeev Raja, Thakur Jaiveer Singh, Anil Parashar and Ravindra Pal Singh – have supported the Mahasabha demand and requested chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s intervention.UP is apprehensive of two other films – Game of Ayodhya set for November 24 release and Muzaffarnagar – The Burning Love, a film set in the backdrop of the worst riots that broke out in west UP in 2013 – both due for release ahead of Padmavati.But it’s Bhansali’s flick that has enraged passions. “It’s not just a kshatriya issue, it’s a Hindutva issue. We have grown up hearing stories of the valor of the Rajput queen who performed jauhar with 16000 women to protect Hindu pride. But the film reportedly shows the Rani’s character doing the Ghoomar dance and also hinting at an alleged affair with Alauddin Khilji. .
PIL filed to set expert panel to review “Padmavati”
In a PIL filed in Delhi High Court by Akhand Rashtrawadi Party on Thursday sought the setting up of an expert committee of historians and social activists prior to the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama film ‘Padmavati’ on December 1. The committee headed by a retired Delhi High Court Judge should include a Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) member and ensure there were no “distortions” in historic facts in respect of Rani Padmavati of Chittorgarh.The committee should ensure that no sentiments are hurt with the release of the film, said the plea.
“The petitioner has come to know from his reliable sources that the movie portrayed the imaginary or fictitious character of Rani Padmavati and there is a distortion of historical facts about her. No individual or a group has any right to play with the sentiments or emotions of any caste or community by distorting Indian history or a historic icon,” said the plea.The plea said the CBFC requires to examine/re-examine the movie’s contents with the help of historians or authors with excellent knowledge of historical facts about Rani Padmavati, so that wrong or fictitious image of the queen will not go before people worldwide nor public sentiments hurt.The PIL, filed through lawyer Puneesh Grover, made the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, producer Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, director-producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali, movie’s scriptwriter and the CBFC as respondents.
IMPPA supports Sanjay Leela Bhansali
IMPPA’S President T P Aggarwal said that We should trust Sanjay Leela Bhansali if he has given in written, while talking about the recently surfaced letters that were exchanged between Bhansali and Shree Rajput Sabha leader Giriraj Singh Lotwara in January.When members of a fringe Rajput group attacked the sets of ‘Padmavati’ in January, Bhansali Productions had sent a letter to Rajput Sabha leader Giriraj Singh Ji Lotwara, clarifying that ‘there is no romantic dream sequence’ between Rani Padmavati and Allaudin Khilji.
3)Home Ministry, Maharashtra and Karnataka govt assure security for Padmavati’s release
Standing firmly with Bollywood, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Karnataka and Maharashtra government on Thursday assured security to theatres which screen Padmavati, the upcoming epic period drama by filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali that has come under attack from critics.“The first responder in relation to ongoing and potential public order issues is the district administration and state police under the overall guidance of the state government,” an MHA spokesperson told. “Any request for assistance, as and when received, will receive the fullest consideration of the ministry,” he added.