After months of protests and heated debates, there was finally some sigh of relief for Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his team as ‘Padmavati’ was finally certified with a ‘U/A’ rating by the CBFC.
The Examining Committee of the CBFC viewed the film Padmavati on 28 December and passed the film with a UA certificate subject to some cuts and the alteration of title of the film from Padmavati to Padmavat.
But, Mewar royals are unhappy with this move of CBFC and they wrote letter to IB Minister Smriti Irani and told that CBFC cheats on them.
Mahendra Singh Mewar, head of former royal family of Mewar, has written a letter to the Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, hitting out at Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Prasoon Joshi for giving approval to the movie Padmavati.
In a letter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the Mewar royal alleged that CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi had not considered all factors and “this public deception” suggested incompetence and complicity.
“The movie is likely to cause social unrest and such hurried certification and continuing misrepresentation can only bring disrepute to the CBFC,” Mahendra Singh wrote.
Accusing CBFC chief Joshi of misrepresenting facts, Mahendra Singh alleged that two panels seemed to have been invited for a special screening but the film was “clandestinely” shown to only one.
“The impression being given is that the panelists who saw the movie were in agreement over its release with the reported modifications. However, two members of the panel have gone on record to state that they were not in agreement to the release,” read the letter.
“The movie thereby misrepresents not only our culture but also this poem! It may be noted all communities had made their contribution at that time and we Rajputs need no certificate from the film or Mr Joshi, especially at the cost of misrepresenting our culture and denigrating that of others,” the letter says.
Significantly, Mahendra Singh’s son Vishvaraj Singh had written to CBFC chairman Joshi seeking some clarifications after he received an invitation to be on a panel to review the film. Mahendra Singh also raised questions as to why the CBFC had not answered the issues raised by his son.
Earlier in December, the CBFC decided to give Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati a UA certificate and suggested the director change the film’s title to Padmavat.