Everybody should respect Supreme Court's verdict, Salman Khan on Padmavati

  • Everybody should respect Supreme Court's verdict, Salman Khan on Padmavati

Everybody should respect Supreme Court's verdict, Salman Khan on Padmavati

Amid heated protests over the movie Padmavati, senior BJP leader and former I&B minister L K Advani is learnt to have said at a Parliamentary committee meeting that only the Censor board had the mandate to decide whether a film could be screened in India or not. The panel gave him two weeks' time to submit a written reply.

The 30-member panel comprised actor-turned-MPs like Hema Malini (BJP), Raj Babbar (Congress) and Paresh Rawal (BJP).

Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi on Thursday told a parliamentary panel that the controversial film Padmavati will be certified and released after it's vetted by historians, even as filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali said the movie was based on a "fictional" theme.

He said the only decision that would matter will come from either the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) or the Supreme Court.

The panel has asked producers and officials of the information and broadcasting ministry of India to appear before it and brief about the controversy relating to the $22.6 million United States dollars film, Indian media reported Wednesday. The CBFC chief appeared before the petition's panel that also took up the film for discussion and its chair C P Joshi, who is also from BJP, is understood to have noted that Bhansali had failed to take cognisance of the faith and reverence in the figure of Padmavati. He also pointed out at the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology that the panel's proceedings were pointless. He said, "Once the film director provides the clarifications, we will consider showing the film in Bihar", further emphasising that he doesn't want unnecessary controversy surrounding screening of the film before the current objections are resolved.

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Joshi told the Lok Sabha committee that the process of certifying the movie was underway, said sources.

According to sources, Virendra Kashyap, BJP MP from Shimla, asked Bhansali if he had created the controversy for publicity. "The members have also made a decision to call the producers of the movie", chairman of the panel Anurag Thakur said as quoted by India's PTI.

Eight members of the panel, including Koshiyari and the two petitioners, attended the meeting.

The statement was titled: "Anurag Thakur takes up an arbitrator role to resolve Padmavati controversy".