Just when reports of Padmavati releasing on February 9 began doing the rounds, and we were finally feeling glad about being able to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus on screen, there seems to have come a dampener, which might further delay the relase of the film.
As reported by IANS, the Censor Board has sought the opinion of two veteran historians from Jaipur on film Padmavati by inviting them to view the film. These historians include Professor B.L. Gupta and Prof R.S. Khangarot. While Gupta is professor of history in Rajasthan Vishwavidhyala and has written numerous books on India during the medieval period, Khangarot is principal of Agrawal College.
Speaking to the media, Khangarot said the entire tussle related to the movie is not between the Karni Sena and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, director-producer of Padmavati, but between Bhansali and history and hence “once we watch the film, it will be clear if history has been tampered with or not”.
Gupta said he was all for artistic freedom but then it should not happen at the cost of history. “It should be very clear that we will share the historical facts to the best of knowledge and will not be backing any political party,” he added. According to sources, a four-member panel has been formed to review the film next month.
Let us hope the learned panela find nothing objectionable about the film, and Padmavati sees the light of the day. Meanwhile, the lead actors of the film Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, and Ranveer Singh, have taken off on their annual holidays, abroad.