CMs differ on Padmavati

CMs differ on Padmavati

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday joined the chorus of politicians who are demanding a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Rs 200-crore worth film, Padmavati.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also sided with those protesting against the film, saying that Padmavati will not be allowed to hit the cinema halls in his state even if the Central Board of Film Certification clears its screening.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, however, came in support of the film and tweeted "The #Padmavati controversy is not only unfortunate but also a calculated plan of a political party to destroy the freedom to express ourselves. We condemn this super emergency. All in the film industry must come together and protest in one voice,".

"Nobody will accept the distortion of history and those who are protesting are rightly doing so," Punjab Chief Minister told media.

Those feeling hurt at any distortion of historical facts have "the democratic right to protest," he later tweeted.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, while addressing a rally in his State, called the character of 'Padmavati' as "Rajmata" and said, "The film which has distorted facts will not be released in the State. Nobody will tolerate it."

This comes a day after the producers of the 'Padmavati' deferred the release of the film on December 1, saying it was a voluntary decision and the revised date for the release of the movie will be announced "in due course" of time.

Earlier, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had said that the film should not be screened till objectionable scenes are deleted.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is also from the BJP, warned the Centre of likely law and order problems in his state if the film is released.

Meanwhile, several news portals including a multi-media news agency claimed, attributing their information to unnamed sources, that the CBFC has denied the request of the makers of the film to expedite clearance process for Padmavati.

The censor board has conveyed to the producers that the film will be reviewed and certified "as per set norms by following a chronological order of all applications," the media reports claimed.

The CBFC, however, remained silent on the issue and did not come up with any official statement on this issue.

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