Threats to Bhansali, Deepika unacceptable, says Nana Patekar

Nichole Vega
December 3, 2017

Sanjay Leela Bhansali seems to have offended quite a few people, and Salman is the latest addition to the list. For now, the release date of the film has been deferred.

Meanwhile, Padmavati has been facing a lot of protests against its release by several fringe groups who have demanded a ban on the release of the film. The controversy meant the movie is talked about widely in the media and on social media, the panel said, while it asked Bhansali if creating a controversy was a new way to sell a film, PTI reported.

Other panel members reportedly grilled Bhansali, and said his movies tend to target communities and produced tension between them, NDTV reported. The censor board has in the past taken help from specialists in fields like medicine and defence while clearing movies based on such themes. Earlier, the film was supposed to release on 1st December but now Firangi and Tera Intezaar are all set to release on 1st December. In the meantime, they have left it to the CBFC to decide if the film can or should be screened or not.

The film stoked controversy over assumptions that it has a dream sequence depicting romance between Rajput warrior queen Padmini and Delhi sultan Alauddin Khilji.

Trinamool MP Prasun Banerjee is said to have described as abominable the threats issued to an elected Chief Minister (Mamata Banerjee) who expressed her solidarity with the makers of a film. Bhansali responded that during his 30 years as a filmmaker he had never stooped to such a level, said sources.

The Lok Sabha panel chairman Bhagat Singh Koshiyari said, "Two MPs had given petitions before us". The secretary to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, too, has deposed before us.

Padmavati director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Central Board of Film Certification chief Prasoon Joshi appeared before a parliamentary standing committee on information technology on Thursday. "This meeting has been called upon to discuss all these issues at length, bring all the relevant stakeholders at a common platform to eventually reach a consensus".

Superstar Salman Khan is no stranger to controversies, and the actor believes rows such as those around "Padmavati" affect the movie business adversely.

Other reports by AllAboutTopnews

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