Padmavati row: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Prasoon Joshi to meet parliamentary panel

Padmavati row: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Prasoon Joshi to meet parliamentary panel

Padmavati row: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Prasoon Joshi to meet parliamentary panel

As the controversies surrounding refuse to die down, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and CBFC Chief Prasoon Joshi met a parliamentary panel today to discuss the film.

Sources said the members of the panel asked Bhansali, "How could you assume that the movie could be released on December 1 when you applied to the CBFC on November 11".

Sources said some panel members were unhappy that Bhansali had not taken adequate precaution while making the movie after the protests when shooting began one-and-a-half-years back.

PTI reported that some panel members expressed their opposition to the trailer and said it should be banned along with the film. You don't know what has been shown in the film.

The film has been embroiled in a spate of controversies ever since its inception and Chief Ministers of many states have also announced to stall the movie if "objectionable scenes" are not removed from it.

The sources said a few members also claimed Bhansali's films tended to "target" communities, triggering tensions.

According to the sources, Sanjay Leela Bhansali was asked several questions by the Parliamentary panel.

The makers of Padmavati heaved a sign of relief after the Supreme Court on Tuesday reprimanded politicians for speaking against the film before the Censor Board could see and certify it.

Led by BJP MP Anurag Thakur, Parliament's 30-member Standing Committee on Information Technology had chose to intervene into the controversy over the release of Rs 150-crore film Padmavati and sought clarifications from its makers and the CBFC officials.

Bhansali is understood to have told the Committee that he had not distorted history in the film based on epic poem "Padmavat" penned by Malik Mohammad Jayasi, a 15th century sufi poet. Besides him, two BJP MPs Om Birla and C P Joshi, who had moved the petition on the issue, were present at the meeting, apart from other members. There are historians which are also divided on whether the Rani Padmini really existed.

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