Chennai, Nov 21: The Congress slammed the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on Tuesday over Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s claim that he would not allow ‘Padmavati’ to be released in the state.
Congress leader Raju Waghmare accused the BJP of giving “political colour” to the issue and said, “The Censor Board is an autonomous body that can take the decision (regarding the screening of the film).
This #Padmavati Row is 1) Infringing on artist freedom of expression 2) Distracting the country from the real issues.
— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) November 18, 2017
Chouhan said on Monday that the film would not be allowed to screen if it contains scenes “breaching the honour” of the Rajput queen or portrays “distorted facts.”
The Censor board said it will “consult historians if required.”
The CM also mentioned the construction of a memorial of the queen at a site where memorial for brave soldiers has been proposed.
The #Padmavati controversy is not only unfortunate but also a calculated plan of a political party to destroy the freedom to express ourselves. We condemn this super emergency. All in the film industry must come together and protest in one voice
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 20, 2017
The makers of ‘Padmavati’ said yesterday that the proposed December 1 release date of the film has been deferred.
Bhansali’s magnum-opus has been mired in a slew of controversies for allegedly tampering with historical facts, a charge that filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has repeatedly denied.
“Movies cannot be banned. A state can impose a ban only if it is deemed that the movie may disrupt law and situation in the state, and only after film certification. A certificate is yet to be issued,” said Pahlaj Nihalani, former Chairman of CBFC.
In other news, a man from Gurugram filed an FIR on Tuesday against Bharatiya Janta Party leader Suraj Pal Amu for his comments against the actress and filmmaker of ‘Padmavati.’ Amu, passed derogatory remarks on Sunday against Sanjay Leela Bhansali and made a statement announcing a reward of Rs 10 crore for beheading the film’s actress Deepika Padukone.
Amu also claimed that he was ready to quit the BJP for his remarks and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to speak up against the release of the film.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje recently wrote to Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, urging her to ensure that “Padmavati” is not released without necessary changes.
Last night, activists of the Karni Sena, which is at the forefront of the protests against the film, created a ruckus outside a cinema hall in Anjad town in Barwani district of the state after a trailer of the film was allegedly shown during a movie.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali should start a Bharni Sena to counter ridiculous attacks against #Padmavati. # JaisiKarniWaisiBharni
— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) November 21, 2017
The film has been facing controversy since the shooting was started, earlier this year. Bhansali was roughed up by members of Karni Sena group in Jaipur and sets were vandalized. The outfit also threatened violence if the movie was released.
The film’s poster triggered a storm in October and the Karni Sena claimed that it portrayed the queen in bad light.
— Shobha Sant (@ShobhaIyerSant) November 3, 2017