Chouhan, Amarinder say no to Padmavati release

Also on the Padmavati front

  • Deepika pulls out of Global Summit: Actress Deepika Padukone, who is at the centre of a row over “Padmavati”, has pulled out of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), that will have US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the inauguration on November 28 in Hyderabad. A senior official of Telangana government said on Monday that Deepika has withdrawn her name from the event. She had earlier confirmed her participation, the official said. The actress was one of the speakers at a session on ‘Hollywood to Nollywood to Bollywood: The Path to Moviemaking’.
  • SC rejects plea to restrain release: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a plea seeking to restrain the release of controversial film “Padmavati”, saying that that it is premature and would amount to pre-judging the matter. The reaction of a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra came after it was told that the Central Board of Film Certification has yet to clear the film. “‘Padmavati’ has not yet received certification from CBFC. In view of this, our interference will tantamount to pre-judging the matter. We don’t intend to do so,” the court said in its order, rejecting the plea to block the release of the movie.
  • Censor Board chief says talks are on: Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Prasoon Joshi on Monday said the Board was trying to follow a process of dialogue vis-a-vis the stalemate surrounding Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film “Padmavati”, whose release has been delayed because of opposition from conservative groups. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the inaugural function of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) near Panaji, Joshi said: “We are trying to follow processes. Instead of arguments, attempts are being made to have a dialogue on the issue.”
  • BJP leader stands by bounty offer: Kunwar Surajpal Singh Ammu, a ruling BJP leader in Haryana, on Monday said he firmly stands by his announcement of a ?10-crore reward for beheading Bollywood filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and film actress Deepika Padukone over their movie “Padmavati”. Ammu, chief media coordinator of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state, said he gave the statement as a “Rajput” and not as an office-bearer of the party. Ammu said he had doubled the bounty on the heads of Deepika and Bhansali to Rs 10 crore. Ammu also issued a threat to break the legs of actor Ranveer Singh.
  • National Conference leader wants ban too: NC legislator Devender Rana urged Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to ban the release of ‘Padmavati’ in Jammu and Kashmir, whenever it gets the go-ahead from the CBFC. In a letter addressed to Mehbooba Mufti, Rana said: “The release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ is likely to hurt the sentiments of a particular community/religion and thus holds the potential to disrupt peace in Jammu region.” He said he was for a ban on the movie in the state as many delegations from across Jammu region had approached him on the issue in the last couple of days.

Amarinder Singh, in his comments said: “Anything that is historical event… no one will object. But here they are distorting history,” Singh told reporters. “I have also gone to Chittor and returned and seen all things there… So, this is distortion of history and no one will accept it.” “And if communities are objecting to it then it is their right to object,” the Punjab Chief Minister added. The comments come a day after the release of “Padmavati” was “voluntarily” deferred from its scheduled date of December 1. On Sunday, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, had said the film would not be allowed to release in the state unless its “controversial portions were removed”. Even Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had on Saturday written to Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani to ensure that “Padmavati” is not released without necessary changes. The film has been mired in controversy over conjectures that it “distorts history” regarding Rajput queen Padmavati, a contention that Bhansali has repeatedly denied. Some Hindu groups, mainly the Karni Sena of Rajasthan, have been vigorously protesting against the movie’s release while some political outfits have demanded that its release be deferred in view of the Gujarat Assembly elections. “Padmavati” features Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles.

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Padmavati makers put release of film on hold

The release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s historical drama “Padmavati” has been “voluntarily” deferred from its scheduled date of December 1, a spokesperson for the film’s producer and distributor Viacom18 Motion Pictures said on Sunday.

“Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind ‘Padmavati’, has voluntarily deferred the release date of the film from December 1, 2017,” the company spokesperson said in a statement. The film has been mired in controversy over conjectures that it “distorts history” regarding Rajput queen Padmavati, a contention that Bhansali has repeatedly denied. Some Hindu groups have been protesting against the movie’s release while some political outfits have demanded that its release be deferred in view of the Gujarat Assembly elections. The makers have also not got a clearance yet from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which said the application from the makers was “incomplete”.

Karni Sena wants nothing less than a ban now

The Shri Rajput Karni Sena on Sunday that it wanted a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati” and claimed underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s money was invested in the film. “We have heard the movie’s release date (December 1) has been postponed. We will be on the streets as soon as a new release date is announced. All we want is a complete ban on the film,” Sena’s patron-founder Lokendra Singh Kalvi said. “We will not allow the release of Padmavati at any cost,” he added. The release of Bhansali’s historical drama was “voluntarily” deferred, a spokesperson for the film’s producer and distributor Viacom18 Motion Pictures said earlier on Sunday. “His (Bhansali’s) team had on January 30 had assured us in writing that he will pre-screen the trailer and the movie and take the Rajput organisations into confidence before releasing it. But he did not did do so,” Kalvi said. The Karni Sena leader claimed that Dawood’s money was invested in the movie. “I got three threat calls from international numbers — one from Karachi, which indicates Dawood’s money is involved… What is the interest of a man sitting in Karachi in bumping me off?” In January, activists of the Karni Sena had protested, manhandled and misbehaved with the crew of ‘Padmavati’ in Jaipur, claiming that Bhansali was “distorting” historical facts in the movie. They had also damaged some cameras and other equipment. Bhansali had to stop shooting. “We will not allow distorted facts to be shown in the film at any cost and will see to it that the film is not released,” Kalvi said. In March, some miscreants broke the mirrors at the Padmini Mahal in Chittorgarh Fort where Alauddin Khilji is alleged to have seen Rani Padmavati or Padmini. The Karni Sena claims that the mirror story was invented years later.
A new release date will be announced once the “requisite clearances” are in place. “We are a responsible, law-abiding corporate citizen and have the highest respect and regard for the law of the land and all our institutions and statutory bodies including the CBFC. “We always have and are committed to continue following the established procedure and convention. We have faith that we will soon obtain the requisite clearances to release the film. “We will announce the revised release date of the film in due course,” the statement added. On Saturday, CBFC chairperson Prasoon Joshi had expressed disappointment over the film being screened for some journalists, who said there was nothing in it to hurt anyone’s sentiments. The makers have described “Padmavati” as “a beautiful cinematic masterpiece that captures Rajput valour, dignity and tradition in all its glory”. “The film is an eloquent portrayal of a tale that will fill every Indian with pride and showcase our country’s storytelling prowess across the globe,” the spokesperson added. “Padmavati” features Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles.

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Now Vasundhara wants Padmavati cut to size

Shabana Azmi wants filmfest boycotted Veteran actress Shabana Azmi on Saturday urged the Indian film industry to boycott the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa to protest against the threats to actress Deepika Padukone and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali on their upcoming film “Padmavati”. “The entire film industry should boycott IFFI in protest against the threats to Deepika Padukone, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and ‘Padmavati’,” Shabana said in a tweet. In a series of other posts on Twitter, Shabana lashed out at the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which has reportedly sent back the film’s application, allegedly citing it to be incomplete. She wrote: “‘Padmavati’ application to CBFC has been sent back because of incomplete formalities! Really? Or to keep fires stoked for electoral gains?” “Sabki dukaan chal rahi hai (Everybody is gaining) under the patronage not of the fringe but of the government in power. Film industry must stand as one with ‘Padmavati’. Later on, Shabana accused the film fraternity of remaining quiet on the “Padmavati” row. “Smriti Irani is preparing IFFI that’s possible only because the Indian film industry brings such acclaim to it, but keeps quiet about ‘Padmavati’,” she wrote. “This is exactly like H.K.L Bhagat and Congress celebrating IFFI in Delhi after the murder of Safdar Hashmi in 1989. Cultural annihilation”, she wrote. “Padmavati” is Bhansali’s professed tribute to the valour and sacrifice of Rajput queen Rani Padmavati. Various Rajput organisations have demanded that the movie’s release be stalled. Protests over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie “Padmavati” continued to rock Rajasthan as protesters blocked entry to the Kumbhalgarh fort in Rajsamand on Saturday while protests were witnessed in some other towns and cities. “Hundreds of protesters on Saturday blocked entry for a few hours to Kumbhalgarh Fort. It was a peaceful protest and no untoward incident was reported,” SHO Kelwara Yogesh Chauhan told IANS on phone. Protesters shouted slogans against Bhansali and in speech after speech demanded a ban on the movie. They said they will send memorandums to the President of India and Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting requesting a ban on “Padmavati”. Police had taken measures to deal with any untoward incident. Kumbhalgarh fort, situated in Rajsamand district, is one of the prominent forts of Rajasthan. It is the birth place of famous Rajput king Maharana Pratap. (IANS) // ]]>