Padmavati Row: Pahlaj Nihalani Says ‘CBFC Knows Its Job’

BJP member Arjun Gupta had urged Home Minister Rajnath Singh that Sanjay Leela Bhansali should be tried for treason.

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali with Deepika Padukone, his ‘Padmavati’. 

After CBFC Chairperson Prasoon Joshi slammed one of its advisory panel members, Arjun Gupta’s statement against Padmavati row, the former CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani has come out and said that the Censor Board is responsible enough to know what to pass & what to cut.

Protesting against a film without watching it first is wrong.
Pahlaj Nihalani, former CBFC Chairman

Padmavati director Sanjay Leela Bhansali should be tried for treason for distorting history, BJP member Arjun Gupta had urged in a letter addressed to Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Gupta, who is the General Secretary of the Uttar Bharatiya Morcha, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said something "disgusting" is being done in the pursuit of earning money and for boosting one's career.

Referring to Bhansali, Gupta said that he has tried to malign Rani Padmavati's sacrifice through Padmavati.

“The whole country, not just the Rajput community, is standing against it. He needs to be severely punished by being tried for treason for his attempt to distort history, so that in future any filmmaker is wary of these kind of projects.”
Arjun Gupta, BJP member

Gupta has also appealed that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to "not certify this film".

"I am fully confident that my letter will taken into consideration, and a sedition case is run (registered) against Bhansali," Gupta added.

Padmavati is slated to release on 1 December, and there is brouhaha over it as various organisations have been targeting the filmmaker for distortion of history in the movie, touted as a “historical drama”.

Bhansali has repeatedly clarified that the film has no such scene between Rani Padmavati and invader Alauddin Khilji which can hurt sentiments.

(With inputs from IANS)

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