Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Prasoon Joshi on Friday termed the BJP functionary and a Censor Board member Arjun Gupta’s ‘anti-national’ comments about Sanjay Leela Bhansali ‘unfortunate.’
“It’s unfortunate to see the personal point of view expressed by an advisory panel member of CBFC against Sanjay Leela Bhansali. By no means does it represent the point of view of CBFC as an organisation or the CBFC board. We have respect for Bhansali as an individual and artist,” Joshi told IANS.
Bhansali is facing protests from the right-wing brigade for his portrayal of Padmavati in his next release. Gupta, also a CBFC member, on Friday had said that he wrote to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh demanding a case of treason be filed against Bhansali.
Gupta, who is the General Secretary of the Uttar Bharatiya Morcha, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said that something “disgusting” was being done in the pursuit of earning money and for boosting one’s career. He said that he had also written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh demanding a case of treason be filed against Bhansali.
“Padmavati” is scheduled to be released on 1 December.
Bhansali has repeatedly clarified that the film had no such scene between Rani Padmavati and invader Alauddin Khilji which could hurt sentiments.