The actor urged all the groups involved in the Padmavati controversy to stop protesting without watching the film first. Bhansali has agreed on numerous occasions that his film is a work of fiction and is based on the epic poem, Padmavat, written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540. The censor board has in the past taken help from specialists in fields like medicine and defence while clearing movies based on such themes. The committee took cognizance of the issue as part of its study - "Film Industry: Problems and challenges".
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Sources said the CBFC chief and the committee demanded to know why Bhansali used "real names" in the movie if it was based on a fictional theme.
Joshi said he has set up a board of historians to look into the film. Responding to a query from members, Joshi is learnt to have said that the promos and songs of Padmavati had been certified. The controversy meant the movie is talked about widely in the media and on social media, the panel said, while it asked Bhansali if creating a controversy was a new way to sell a film, PTI reported. Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, Lok Sabha panel chairman told The Indian Express, "Two MPs had given petitions before us. The censor board or the Supreme Court will take a decision and everyone should respect that". The secretary to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, too, has deposed before us.
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Now, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and CBFC Chief Prasoon Joshi have been called by a parliamentary standing committee on Information Technology to appear before it and present their views on tone of the film on Thursday during their next meet.
The statement quoted Thakur as saying: "How and why did this divide and controversy erupt... This meeting has been called upon to discuss all these issues at length, bring all the relevant stakeholders at a common platform to eventually reach a consensus".
And the Padmavati controversy rages on.