Padmavati row: CBFC invites 2 historians to review panel

Padmavati row: CBFC invites 2 historians to review panel

Two Jaipur-based historians have received an invitation from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), to share their expert views on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial film Padmavati.

Prasoon Joshi, chairman of CBFC,   called upon two Jaipur-based historians after receiving directions from the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry to appoint a panel of historians to  review the authenticity of historical facts shown in the movie.

Joshi called professor B L Gupta, former head of the history department, Rajasthan University (RU) and professor R S Khangarot, principal of Agrawal College to express their views on this issue.

Khangarot told the media, "Yes I received the phone call and I will give my views before the CBFC. Being a historian, I personally believe that while making use of history in the film one should not distort the facts. It's not about creative expression only but its also about the presentation of facts."

Gupta also confirmed having received a call from Joshi.   "I am a historian and it's my job to help them. I am ready to share my views or attend a meeting if needed," said Gupta.

Reacting to  the development, leader of Karni Sena, Lokendra Singh Kalvi, who is leading protests against Bhansali said, "The Rajput community would not allow the release of Padmavati under any circumstances. We hope that these two historians give their best inputs. But at the same time  the CBFC should put Karni Sena also on the panel."

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