Censor board chief Prasoon Joshi appeared before parliamentary panel on ‘Padmavati’

Vastavam web: Censor board chief Prasoon Joshi on Thursday appeared before a parliamentary panel to brief members about the controversy over “Padmavati” and said the film had not yet been approved, sources said.Joshi, who is also scheduled to appear before the parliamentary standing committee on information and technology later in the day, told the Lok Sabha Committee on Petitions that the censor board had only cleared the trailer and promos of the period film.The Lok Sabha Committee on Petitions had sought a report from the information and broadcasting ministry and the censor board after C P Joshi and Om Birla, two parliament members from Rajasthan, filed a plea on “objectionable content” in the film before the panel.
The officials, sources said, were of the view controversies are often created for commercial purposes though it was not clear in this case.The panel had asked the officials for a report before November 30, senior BJP leader Bhagat Singh Koshyari, who heads the panel, had said earlier.The panel on IT, which also looks into issues concerning the information and broadcasting ministry, has called the meeting to discuss the problems and issues of the film industry, an official said.
Various Rajput groups and political leaders have accused Bhansali of distorting history in the movie by using a romantic dream sequence between the Rajput queen Padmini and Sultan Alauddin Khilji, a claim repeatedly denied by the filmmaker.