Padmavati director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Central Board of Film Certification chairperson, Prasoon Joshi, were summoned by Parliamentary committee on information technology on November 30, to present their views on the film. Not only did they talk about the protests against Padmavati, but also the legality of the screening that SLB held for selected media before the censorship of the film. Several questions were shot at the director in the meeting that went on for about two and a half hours.
According to a report in indianexpress.com, Sanjay Leela Bhansali was questioned on various aspects of the movie. Prasoon was also questioned about several rules and regulations that Padmavati may have broken. There were seven major questions put forth to Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Prasoon Joshi, amongst several others. SLB has been given two weeks to submit a written reply to the following questions.
1. Can a filmmaker depict the banned practice of Sati?
2. Can a film be released abroad before it is cleared for screening in India?
3. Is a selective media screening of a movie without a CBFC clearance fair and ethical?
4. How could SLB assume that the movie could be released on December 1 when he had applied to the CBFC on November 11 (as per the Cinematography Act, the CBFC may take 68 days before certifying a movie)?
5. Was the selective media screening an act to influence the CBFC?
6. How could the controversial film reach the UK when it had not been cleared here?
7. Was the whole controversy around the film created for publicity?The panel’s members include LK Advani, Paresh Rawal, Beni Prasad Verma, Hema Malini, Sachin Tendulkar, Harinder Singh Khalsa and Raj Babbar, which was formed to resolve the controversy revolving around the film. The censor board is yet to give clearance to Padmavati which was earlier slated to release on December 1. The film’s application was rejected on the ground that it was incomplete. The film stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in the lead. The film is being co-produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions and the film’s release has been postponed to an indefinite date.