Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s exceedingly controversial Padmavati was finally submitted to the Central Board Of Film Certification(CBFC) on Friday, 3 weeks ahead of its scheduled December 1 release.
A source from the film’s team informs, “When it was decided just 5 weeks ahead of release that we would convert the film from its 2D format to 3D, we had to work round-the-clock with the technicians to beat the deadline. We were not allowed to submit a 2D version.We had to submit a 3D version to the CBFC, which we have done now.”
With the film finally getting there the curtain finally falls on the spate of ugly unfounded controversies surrounding the film.
Says a source from the censor board, “Once the film is viewed, and if the fears of the protesters(mainly about a dream sequence featuring RaniPadmavati with her adversary Allauddin Khilji) prove unfounded the film will be certified and be allowed to release on time.”
Recently a Tamil film Mersal was questioned for its mildly political comments after the CBFC had passed it.
But CBFC’s former chairperson puts the contentious issue in a perspective. “Once the CBFC views Padmavati and certifies it no power can stop its release.In the case of theTamil film Mersal extra-constitutional elements tried to muscle into the censorboard’s territory. But they failed. If the CBFCdecides there is nothing objectionable in Padmavati the fringe elements cannot bully the makers into making changes.It is against the law.”