Let CBFC do its job, says I&B ministry

Last Updated 21 November 2017, 18:38 IST

Amid a raging controversy over Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Tuesday said the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) should be allowed to do its job.

"The CBFC has been tasked with certain works. Let it do its job," Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore told reporters here.

Many Rajput groups have been protesting against the movie, alleging that it distorts history. There are rumours of a romantic dream sequence between Rajput queen Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji's characters in the film.

Historians, however, are divided on whether Rani Padmavati existed.

 The Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh governments have said that they would not allow the movie's release in their respective states, till certain controversial portions in the film were removed.

CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi had on Monday said the censor board was trying to come up with a "balanced decision" about (Padmavati), but the body should be given adequate space and time to do that.

The security of actor Deepika Padukone, who plays the titular role in the fim, has been beefed up following a series of threats.

The makers of the movie had recently deferred its December 1 release date.

(Published 21 November 2017, 17:14 IST)

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