Censor Boards sends Padmavati back to Bhansali, Shabana Azmi senses Gujarat elections link


The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), also known as Censor Board, has returned Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed “Padmavati” back to the makers as the application for the certification was believed to be “incomplete”. This essentially means that the film may not be able to release on 1 December, as originally scheduled.


According to the CBFC, the movie, which has triggered protests by several Rajput and Hindutva groups, will be reviewed as per the set norms once it is sent back to the board after sorting out the issue.

“The film was submitted for certification last week. We examined the documents, as we normally do. It was conveyed to the makers that their application was incomplete. They had to rectify and send it back, we will view it when it comes back to us,” a source in the CBFC told PTI.

“When they (makers) rectify the deficiency we will again scrutinise it once more and when the turn comes we will examine it (film for certification),” the source added.

The source, however, refused to divulge details of the “deficiency in the application” on account of which it was returned to the makers for rectification.

When asked about the date for screening of the film, the source said, “When it comes back to us we will put it in queue and see when the turn comes, there will be no exception (in case of ‘Padmavati’).”

Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, confirmed the development.

“That’s true. But film is with the CBFC, it is merely a minor technical issue. Nothing stops them from seeing the film if they want,” he told PTI.

“Padmavati” starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh is set for 1 December release.

Reacting to the development, noted actor Shabana Azmi on Friday questioned the Censor Board’s decision to send back the application for the certification of “Padmavati”.

“#Padmavatis application to CBFC has been sent back bcoz of incomplete formalities! Really? Or to keep fires stoked for electoral gains?,” the actor tweeted.

In another tweet, the veteran actor said, “Sabki dukaan chal rahi hai under the patronage not of the fringe but of the Govt in power. Filmindustry must stand as 1 with #Padmavati.”



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