On Friday Arnab Goswami shocked the nation by declaring he had seen Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati and has found nothing objectionable in it.
However CBFC chairperson Prasoon Joshi is shocked as to how the producers ofPadmavati have allowed mediapersons to watch the film before the CBFC.
Says Prasoon angrily, “It is disappointing that the film Padmavati is being screened for the media and getting reviewed on national channels without CBFC having seen or certified the Film. This compromises the role of systems and balances that are part of a functioning industry.”
Prasoon feels such a move compromises the system of censor certification, “It’s myopic to treat the certification process haphazardly to suit convenience. On one hand, holding theCBFC responsible and pressurising to accelerate the process.And on the other hand, attempt to subvert the very process, sets an opportunistic precedent.”
About the CBFC “returning” Padmavati to the producers without certification Prasoonexplains, “In this specific case, the film’s application came up this week only for review. The makers know and admit that the paperwork is not complete: the very disclaimer whether the film is work of fiction or a historical was left blank and not stated – and on simply and legitimately being asked to provide documents, target the CBFC for ‘looking the other way and delay’ “
Prasoon is taken aback by the above allegation. “This is truly surprising. The CBFC is a responsible body and has the best interests of the industry and society in mind. Let not convenient casual methods be brought into practice.We all must have a responsible, mutually respectful and balanced approach.”