The silver lining is still far away for the makers of Padmavati as each day adds to the controversies. As the industry supports its creators, political forces outside are creating a ruckus, but now the one body that can rescue the film is not looking at it brightly. The newly appointed chief of Central Board of Film Certification lashed out at Padmavati’s director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali for privately screening it before being certified by the board.
“We need to understand that the CBFC must take a balanced decision. This situation was not created by the CBFC. It had nothing to do with the protests on the roads. You show the film to media houses and get reviews done but you want CBFC to deliver a fair and well-thought out decision?” said Joshi while attending the inauguration of the International Film Festival of India in Goa.
Disappointing that #Padmavati is being screened for media & getting reviewed on national channels without CBFC having seen or certified the Film. This compromises role of systems & balances that are part of a functioning industry: CBFC Chairman Prasoon Joshi to ANI (File Pic) pic.twitter.com/TFpSK1cN06— ANI (@ANI) November 18, 2017
It’s myopic to treat certification process haphazardly to suit convenience. On one hand,holding CBFC responsible & pressurizing to accelerate process & on other hand,attempt to subvert the very process,sets an opportunistic precedent: CBFC Chairman Prasoon Joshi to ANI #Padmavati— ANI (@ANI) November 18, 2017
As per PTI reports, the film was returned to the creators on Friday by the board sighting ‘technical issues’. The board asked for a period of 68 days for the certification to be complete as Joshi says it is the standard protocol. The film was submitted for a review last week.
“The very disclaimer whether the film is work of fiction or historical was left blank and not stated, and on simply and legitimately being asked to provide documents, target the CBFC for looking the other way and delay,” added Joshi.Padmavati will be the first major hurdle for the newly appointed chief who succeeded controversial chief, Pahlaj Nihalani. The final verdict on Padmavati will eventually set the tone for a post-Nihalani CBFC.