Nitish Kumar to ban Padmavati in Bihar until Bhansali clarifies his stand

Trevor Jackson
November 30, 2017

The Karni Sena, which demolished the sets of the movie in Jaipur and thrashed Bhansali earlier this year, had warned the director of dire consequences for misrepresenting Rajput queen Padmavati in the film.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali will meet Parliamentary Panel today related to his upcoming Indian period drama movie titled "Padmavati".

"When the matter is pending before the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for grant of certificate, nobody holding a responsible position should comment as it would amount to violation of the principle of the rule of law". Read Also: SC dismissed plea to stall Padmavati's release abroadThe panel on IT, which also looks into issues concerning the information and broadcasting ministry, has called the meeting to discuss the problems and issues of the film industry, an official said. The Chief Justice of India even went so far as to say that the public interest litigation was an abuse of the process of law.

The ban on Padmavati in Bihar would be in place "till controversy surrounding it gets over".

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Viacom 18 submitted the new application yesterday, they said.

"'Padmavati' has not released yet". The makers of the movie have submitted the three application which includes the latest 3D one, to the Censor Board. Their clock has been stopped now, and they are just waiting and waiting. "That will prejudice the decision of the CBFC", the judges said. The court is saying that the remarks were tantamount to pre-judging the movie is yet to be certified by the censor board. "We will restart our plan (the release date) once we get the censor certificate", a source close to the producers said. It also said that the authority to certify and clear the movie rests only with CBFC. There are historians which are also divided on whether the Rani Padmini really existed. The film, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, has been in the midst of a controversy since January, with Rajput groups and others accusing Bhansali of distorting history.

The ban by Bihar, ruled by a JD-U-BJP coalition, follows that by BJP ruled Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

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