CBFC refuses to speed up certification process for Padmavati

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The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the plea filed by a lawyer demanding delay in release of Padmavati saying that it can not interfere with working of film certification board.

Justice Misra also added that the process of certification is done after a lot of debate over the issues in the film.

The apex court refused to make any comment or interfere in the matter.

Above: Karni Sena activists protest against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming movie Padmavati, in Jaipur on Saturday.

When asked if the new application has been scrutinised, the source at the CBFC said, "No, it takes time as we have other films (to certify) as well and Padmavati is just one of them".

Saying that the Board seeks 68 days for the certification process of a film so that they have enough time if a situation like Padmavati comes up, Joshi said, "We need to understand that the CBFC must take a balanced decision".

Meanwhile, Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi slammed the makers for allowing the film to be screened for various media channels before obtaining a certificate from the board. Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, Padmavati has been facing protests from the fringe which claims - without watching the film - that it distorts history and hurts sentimnts of the people. He called the screening, held for a few journalists, as an "irresponsible way of pressurising" the board. He complained that even while Censor Board certificate is awaited, the songs of the movie had been released without permission. The new release date is yet to be announced.

Some Hindu groups have been protesting against the movie's release while some political outfits have demanded that its release be deferred in view of the Gujarat Assembly elections. The set of the movie was vandalised twice - in Jaipur and Kolhapur - and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was roughed up by members of Karni Sena during the Jaipur schedule of the film earlier this year. There are rumours of a romantic dream sequence between Rajput queen Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji's characters in the film.

Addressing members of the Rajput community at his residence here, Chouhan said twisting of historical facts will not be tolerated.

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