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Director Bhansali explains before parl panel; heres what he explained

Director Bhansali explains before parl panel; heres what he explained

Prasoon Joshi, the chief of the Central Board of Film Certification appeared before the petition committee and that also took the movie for discussion and its chair CP Joshi and also a BJP leader also understood to have noted that the Sanjay Leela Bhansali had failed to take cognizance of the faith and the reverence that the movie "Padmavati" get invoked. Is a selective media screening of a movie without a CBFC clearance fair and ethical? "Was it an act to influence the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC)", they asked.

As per the latest updates, the panel stands divided. While the BJP and Shiv Sena members backed the decision by some State Governments, some members opposed such move. "How could you assume that the movie would be released on December 1 when you applied to the CBFC on November 11".

Anurag said in the statement, "How and why did this divide and controversy erupt..."

Critics believe the movie, suggests the iconic 14th century Hindu queen, Padmavati, engaged in a romantic relationship with Muslim invader Alauddin Khilji.

Sources told that the filmmaker was asked why he had screened the movie for a few select journalists even before it was cleared by the censor board. The CBFC chief told the panel that he had not seen the film as yet. Members of Parliament (MPs) from Trinamool Congress and Congress, opposed any ban on the film.

"How can you claim that you have not distorted history when the name of the character is the same and you also call the film "Padmavati"," asked a member of the Committee on IT and I&B. If necessary, a Central committee would then take a view.

The panel is yet to take a decision about the movie.

The officials, sources said, were of the view that controversies are often created for commercial purposes though it was not clear in this case.

The Lok Sabha panel chairman Bhagat Singh Koshiyari said, "Two MPs had given petitions before us".

"We don't intend to hurt anyone's sentiments", Bhansali told the 30-member panel headed by BJP MP Anurag Thakur. There are some members who made the point at the recent event were impacting the freedom of expression while there were some other who said that the maker of the movie should not ignore the popular sensitivities.

"Even if the film is in news, no one goes to theatres out of fear".

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