'Why mention real names if Padmavati is fictional?' CBFC to Bhansali

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The censor board will give its certificate and we will go by it. Bhansali has agreed on numerous occasions that his film is a work of fiction and is based on the epic poem, Padmavat, written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540.

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Joshi, along with Bhansali, was also asked to submit their responses before the Petitions Committee of Lok Sabha after two BJP MPs, Om Birla and CP Joshi, complained against the film and sought a ban on its release, alleging that the film "distorts history".

"Whenever there is a controversy around a film, there is a lot of loss".

The panel has made a decision to give Bhansali "at least two weeks" before deciding whether he would be called for the next hearing or not, adds the Express report. Now, it has up to two months to decide on the movie after a multi-level process.

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Meanwhile, Joshi told the committee that the censor board's main objection to the film was that it was shown to a few people before certification.

CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi also informed the panel that an expert panel has been set up to scrutinise the film's content before it is given a certification. Responding to a query from members, Joshi is learnt to have said that the promos and songs of Padmavati had been certified. Sources of parliamentary said they have reached out to Bhansali but he appeared to be shying away from appearing before the panel. The secretary to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, too, has deposed before us.

Pune: Actor Nana Patekar on Thursday condemned the violent threats issued by fringe groups to film maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and heroine of the film Deepika Padukone over Padmavati, remarking that the ferocity of the tenor of such threats were "unacceptable". Later, Thakur said in a statement: "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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