Padmavati: UP govt says film’s release can cause law and order problem, Karni Sena gives bandh call

 Karni Sena called for a nationwide bandh on the day of Padmavati’s release and the Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday apprised the Centre that the film’s release will pose a law and order problem in the state. In a letter written to the Information and Broadcasting ministry, UP principal secretary (Home), Arvind Kumar said the censor board should be apprised about the public resentment over the alleged distortion of facts.

Rajasthan minister is supposed to join the bandh call. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is yet to watch the film, as clarified by its chairperson Prasoon Joshi. Joshi said: “The speculative reports a few publications are carrying about I having watched Padmavati are absolutely baseless and untrue. I have not watched the film, not expressed any views regarding it. The film will follow the due process at CBFC.”

Arvind Kumar said in the letter, “The Censor Board members should take a decision after taking into account people’s views. They should be apprised about it. It has come to the notice through intelligence reports that the film’s producers have presented the movie for Censor Board clearance. After the release of the trailer of the movie on October 9, various social and other organisations opposed the film.”

The film’s director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has said that the film is a work of fiction and has been made keeping the Rajput pride in mind. He had issued a video statement last week.

The letter further stated that “in view of the civic polls, polling for which is scheduled on November 22, November 26 and November 29 and the counting on December 1, and also the ‘Barawafat’ procession by Muslims on December 2, the film’s release can pose serious security issues”.

 

By Rumela Banerjee.