Just 12 days left for the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati but controversies revolving around the film do not seem to end anytime soon. While Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena continue to protest demanding a total ban on the film, Certification Board’s latest act has further added to the troubles for SLB’s film.
Central Board of Film Certification has returned Deepika Padukone starrer Padmavati’s approval application citing “technical deficiencies” in the application form. The application was sent back to the filmmaker through an online process on 16th November. As a result, the film’s release is likely to be delayed since the filmmakers will have to re-fill the form with complete details and then CBFC will give a date of film’s review and then certify or reject or suggests changes in the film.
The board has not yet reviewed the film. “It will be incorrect to say that the film has been rejected. The CBFC has only sent Padmavati’s application back to the filmmakers because of certain technical deficiencies in the form. Once the filmmaker returns the completed application, the film will be reviewed as per the rules,” told CBFC sources.
In such an unfortunate situation, when Deepika Padukone was interviewed by DNA about the rising tension surrounding the film, she said, “I have full faith in the judicial system of our country. I know no wrong will be done.’’ She further added, “As a woman, as an artist, as someone who has worked and given two years of my life to this movie, I feel hurt, I feel angry, but I also think it is extremely funny that people are reacting like this to a film. I am feeling so many emotions at this point.’’
“There is a fraction out there who is doing what it is. But as I said at the start, I have faith in our judicial system,” she further added,
The film has already been a victim of endless controversies. The film’s set was earlier vandalised and now Rajput group has announced a reward of 5 crores on filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s head. They have even threatened to chop off Deepika Padukone’s nose. Chittorgarh Fort which is said to be the home of Rani Padmavati was closed yesterday as 250 protestors gathered outside the monument to protest against the film.
“It is appalling, it’s absolutely appalling. What have we gotten ourselves into? And where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed.” She had further added, “The only people we are answerable to is the censor board, and I know and I believe that nothing can stop the release of this film,” Deepika had earlier said talking about the film.
Deepika’s Padmavati co-star, Aditi Rao Hydari also came in support of the film and said, ” There is no fear and one shouldn’t be scared either because I think this is a democratic country and everybody should be allowed to make films they want to make.” Aditi who essays a pivotal role in this period drama added, “We should be proud of Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He is a great filmmaker (but) instead of being proud of him, we are forcing him to defend himself and his film. I think that is very sad.”