As if controversies and protests surrounding the upcoming release of Padmavati were not enough, the Prasoon Joshi-led Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has now sent back Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati citing incomplete application.
It is now being speculated that this move by CBFC move may delay the Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor-starrer. The certification authority has made it clear that they will put the film “in queue” when it comes back to them.
On December 16, CBFC returned Padmavati’s application saying it was “incomplete”. “The film was submitted for certification last week. We examined the documents, as we normally do. It was conveyed to the makers that their application was incomplete. They had to rectify and send it back, we will view it when it comes back to us. When they (makers) rectify the deficiency we will again scrutinise it once more and when the turn comes we will examine it (film for certification)” a source in the CBFC was reported to have told PTI.
The report goes on to say that no exception will be made for the film and it will have to wait for its turn when it comes back for certification.
While Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, confirmed the development, he was also quick to point out that, “What has happened is true. But the film is with the CBFC, it is merely a minor technical issue. Nothing stops them from seeing the film if they want,” he told PTI.
Padmavati is Bhansali’s tribute to the valour and sacrifice of Rajput queen Rani Padmavati. Various Rajput organisations have demanded the movie’s release be stalled and have threatened the director and the film’s lead actress Deepika Padukone. The director and his team have repeatedly said the film is a work of fiction, and has nothing that will hurt Rajput sentiments.