Padmavati parliamentary meeting: BJP wants ban, TMC and Congress back film

Expressing his views on Bhansali's upcoming movie Padmavati and the controversies it is surrounded with, Salman said: "Nobody but only the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the court will decide on Padmavati". "I gave him two hits - "Khamoshi" and "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" and he took Shah Rukh in the next one (Devdas)", he joked.

At the parliamentary panel to discuss the Padmavati controversy today, that had filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Prasoon Joshi in attendance, BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) members sought a ban on the film.

"All the controversy over the film is based on rumours. The Censor board must look into fine details of the film and remove any objectionable portion". He also pointed out at the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology that the panel's proceedings were pointless.

"If the Supreme Court gives its verdict, or the censor board gives its certificate, everybody should respect it", Salman said, adding that it is not right to hurt people's sentiments and nor is it to jump to conclusions without watching the film.

Actors Paresh Rawal and Raj Babbar, who are members of Parliament, are also part of the panel which will examine the issues relating to the movie. However, the whole process of clearing the 3D version of a movie is completed different from that of clearing the movie in a 2D version and there are some of the visual impacts some scenes may have on children. Explaining the procedure, Joshi is learnt to have said that a regional committee reviews the film, with the central committee stepping in thereafter, if needed. BJP MP Anurag Thakur chaired the panel.

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The statement quoted Thakur as saying: "How and why did this divide and controversy erupt..."

Eight members of the panel, including Koshiyari and the two petitioners, attended the meeting.

Speaking to reporters in his Vidhan Sabha office, Nitish said: "Since objections against Padmavati are being raised from several quarters, its filmmaker should clarify his stand". A movie is meant for entertainment, not for creating a tensed atmosphere across the country.

Superstar Salman Khan is no stranger to controversies, and the actor believes rows such as those around "Padmavati" affect the movie business adversely.

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