After months of protests and heated debates, there was finally some sigh of relief for Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his team as ‘Padmavati’ was finally certified with a ‘U/A’ rating by the CBFC.
The Examining Committee of the CBFC viewed the film Padmavati on 28 December and passed the film with a UA certificate subject to some cuts and the alteration of title of the film from Padmavati to Padmavat.
However, these measures didn’t go well down with Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena. Now, the community will begin a nationwide protest against the film today.
The Rajput Karni Sena demands the resignation of I&B minister Smriti Irani, politician and former shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, and CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi.
The Shree Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena on Friday demanded a ban on “Padmavati” after slamming Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani and censor board chief Prasoon Joshi for allowing its release with a U/A certificate.”I want to ask the central government what benefits will they get by supporting this movie? All the Hindu parties from whom we learnt about Hinduism are quiet on this film,” Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi, President of Karni Sena, told the media here.
“The central government is mum on this film as Viacom18 Motion Pictures, which is a foreign company, made it during the time of demonetisation. During a time when we were not able to get Rs 4,000, how come (Sanjay Leela) Bhansali managed to get 160 to 180 crore rupees.””Bhansali has even got a certification from Britain through (David) Headley, who is currently in jail. I want to know why Bhansali has not been jailed? Why is he not being quizzed about (his) anti-national (activities)?”
The film that was to release on December 1 previously had its release stalled following protests by the Karni Sena in several parts of the country.