The Uttar Pradesh’s Yogi Adityanath government has written to the Centre requesting them to ensure that the prospects of public outrage and unrest over the Bollywood film ‘Padmavati’ were considered before certification of the film by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
In the letter written to the Union Secretary of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting by the UP home department, the I&B official was informed about the alleged twisting of historical facts by the filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Vhansali has denied the allegations of twisting historical facts.
The UP government also asked the I&B ministry headed by Smriti Irani to also ensure that the public view and dissent on the matter was taken into consideration before the film is certified, reported IANS.
The letter also states that this has been brought to the notice of the UP government that makers of the historical saga have submitted the film before the Censor Board for certification.
Hostile reactions like effigy burning, slogan shouting, vandalism, demonstrations, submission of memorandums are taking place, the top-ranking home department official Arvind Kumar said in the letter.
Film theatre and multiplex owners have also received threats of disruptions if the film is screened, Arvind Kumar further informed the ministry. In light of these issues, it would be pertinent to raise the matter before the CBFC, the official further said.
The state government has also pointed out that UP is going for urban body polls on November 22, 26 and 29 and counting of votes would take place on December 1, making it a fragile period for the law and order machinery.