Sanjay Leela Bhansali has finally admitted that the entire film of Padmavati is fictional in nature and has nothing to do with facts. The director appeared before a Parliamentary committee in India last Thursday to explain certain queries by the Members of Parliament about the film. The filmmaker admitted that his film has nothing to do with the actual historical characters and he has taken cinematic liberty with the characters.
The Chief of Censor Board, Prasoon Joshi, told a parliamentary panel on Thursday that the controversial film Padmavati will be certified and released after it’s vetted by historians. Bhansali faced irked members of the panel on information technology, who wanted to know why he had held a special screening for select media personnel when the film is yet to be cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
Bhansali maintained that he had no other option and wanted to spread the message that there was nothing wrong in the film. Joshi alleged that Bhansali tried to undermine the board’s importance. Anurag Thakur, chairman of the panel, asked Bhansali why he appeared before them if he wanted the press to certify his film. When Bhansali said he was already suffering financial loss and the film was due for release in 60 countries, panel members asked if he was trying to do business on an emotional issue.
QUESTIONS BHANSALI HAD TO ANSWER (as per sources)
How could you assume that the movie could be released on December 1 when you applied to the CBFC on November 11?
Answer: Bhansali admitted it was an error
Is selective media screening of the movie fair and ethical? Was it an act to influence the CBFC?
Answer: Bhansali said he had no option because there were too many rumours doing the rounds for the film and he wanted to dispel them.
Is creating a controversy a new trend to sell the movie?
Answer: Bhansali denied that he is trying to sell the movie in such a manner.
How did the film reach the UK when it had not been approved in India?
Answer: Not known
Is it appropriate to depict ‘sati’ or ‘jauhar’ on screen?
Answer: Not known
Was the dream sequence on Khilji and Padmavati at all there in the movie?
Answer: Bhansali said that there is no such sequence
Why was the movie not screened for Karni Sena?
Answer: Answer not known