Mewar Royals Invited By CBFC To Clear Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmavati' For Certification

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| December 24 , 2017 , 16:49 IST

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus may find a release date soon if the concept and storyline are cleared by the erstwhile Mewar royal family. Following the nation-wide protests against the filmmaker, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has come up with the most full-proof plan to part ways with the over-stretched controversy.

The censor board has reportedly invited the royals to take part in the panel, arranged to certify the film. Reports suggest that Vishvaraj Singh of the regal household has been invited by CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi. However, Singh has asked for a written clarification on certain aspects of the film from the board before deciding to accept or reject their invitation.

In November, Vishvaraj Singh has said, "I have received a call from the CBFC chairman... However, before accepting or declining the offer, I have asked for clarifications to be exchanged in writing...They need to specify what the genre under which the film seeking certification, is."

The royal has claimed that setting up a committee to certify the film which has garnered criticism for its objectionable released portions by a community whose culture and history it is trying to showcase, is in a way lending credibility to the questionable film.

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"The film has used the name of my family's respected ancestors and events that have taken place in history. It is not just the story but the depiction of characters that is of great importance. The released song and promos make it apparent that all claims of the filmmaker of giving due regard to cultural sensitivities ring hollow," Singh said.

Singh is concerned about the way CBFC is planning to deal with the film as "The filmmakers have categorically stated that they have been 'carefully researching and making the film' and it is they who have to be asked to present their research before the CBFC. The reported involvement of historians in the process of certification so far establishes that the film is of historical relevance."

He further went on to express his terror when a certain "historians" questioned the existence of Rani Padmini- the warrior queen worshipped by many from the Rajput community, post the controversy broke out. Singh further asked if the distortion of historical facts and exploitation of revered historical figures should be allowed in name of entertainment.

'Padmavati' stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in the lead roles. The story revolves around the queen Padmini of Chittore, her husband Rawal Ratan Singh and the adversities they face while fighting the tyrant ruler Alauddin Khilji. The new release date is yet to be unveiled by the filmmakers.