Trouble does not seem to end for filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali as his latest flick, Padmavati, is under the scanner for being a piece of art in India. After forming several committees to review the film, the Prasoon Joshi-led Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has now sent an open invitation to public to review the film before it is officially released.
Members of the Rajput Karni Sena, who spearheaded the protest against the release of the film without watching it, have been side-lined as the CBFC feels that the film needs to be protested by educated people. In an attempt to do so, the Board formed a panel consisting of members of former royal families, historians and experts to decide the fate of Bhansali despite not being the producers of the film.
However, when the panel members were asked about the film after the screening, they unanimously replied, “4 stars out of 5. Shahid acted well but Ranveer stole the charm. The seats in the theatre were too stiff to recline.” The expert panel also reviewed the popcorn served at the screening theatre.
After the special “review” did not yield any relevant opinion about the factual correctness of the film, Prasoon Joshi announced that the film will be shown to general public for review before it is officially released. “The screening for the review will take place across 4500 screens throughout the country, and it’s an open invitation to review it. If somebody finds anything objectionable, they can stop the release of the film by protesting on streets and vandalising public property,” said Joshi.
Former CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani dissed Prasoon Joshi’s method of handling the situation. “If I were heading the CBFC at the moment, I wouldn’t have allowed Padmavati to release because it has a woman in the lead, and everyone knows that women have no place in our culture—it’s as simple as that! Prasoon has acted handicapped in the entire incident,” he said.