CBFC’s chief Prasson Joshi lashes out at Bhansali, returns ‘Padmavati’

Censor board Chief Prasoon Joshi lashes out at ace filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali for violating censor board rules. The makers send the periodic drama for CBFC certification but the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) sent the film back to the makers due to technical errors.

CBFC Chief Prasoon Joshi slammed the makers of ‘Padmavati’ for arranging screening of the film privately for selected individuals. He stated that that the film did not carry the ‘disclaimer’ that was needed and also mentioned that the makers cannot screen the film for anyone without Censor Board’s clearance.

On the other hand, a few hours back, Shabana Azmi took to Twitter to express her displeasure over CBFC’s decision of sending 'Padmavati' back due to minor technical error. 

She wrote, “#Padmavatis application to CBFC has been sent back bcoz of incomplete formalities! Really? Or to keep fires stoked for electoral gains?”

Reportedly, CBFC has specifically told the filmmakers that they will put the film in the queue when it comes back to them. When a film is sent to CBFC for certification, they generally take 68 days from the time of receiving the application to give the certificate. Now the question of the release date of 'Padmavati' became a vital question. 

"When they (makers) rectify the deficiency, we will again scrutinize it once more and when the turn comes we will examine it (film for certification)," a CBFC personnel told a leading daily.

Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, confirmed the development and said, “That’s true. But film is with the CBFC, it is merely a minor technical issue. Nothing stops them from seeing the film if they want. Padmavati starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh is set for December 1 release.”