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Padmaavat Row: Following Threats From Karni Sena, Prasoon Joshi Skips Jaipur Lit Fest

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| January 27 , 2018 , 14:31 IST

The overstretched Padmaavat controversy has trapped the Central Board of Film Certification Chairperson Prasoon Joshi in its clutches as well. Following the warning from Rajput Karni Sena, Joshi has pulled out of the Jaipur Literature Festival.

The CBFC chief was scheduled to address a session at the Fest on Sunday but the repeated threats by the fringe group, which has been protesting against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat has prompted him to skip the grandeur.

Confirming the development, Joshi stated, "Will not be attending JLF this year and must say will miss sharing great moments with literature and poetry lovers. I am doing this so that the dignity of the event does not get compromised or discomfort caused either to the organisers, fellow writers or the attendees."

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"And also so that the lovers of literature get to focus on creativity and not controversy," Prasoon Joshi added in an official statement. Ever since Censor Board issued the U/A certificate to Padmaavat after the makers imbibed some suggested modifications in the film, including the title change, Karni Sena have been enraged.

Clarifying his stance on the matter, Joshi conveyed, "I did my job and sincerely took a sensitive and balanced call. As I have said earlier, certification was done with due processes, incorporating valid suggestions whilst staying mindful to the concerns of the society as well as to the canvas of cinema."

Prasoon went on to express his displeasure over the way things have unfolded around the film's release. "It’s sad that we are not relying on genuine peaceful dialogue. It’s important that we keep mutual trust and faith in each other and our institutions so that the issues don’t reach this far," he said.