Amid big protests, Viacom18 Motion Pictures declared in a statement that they were voluntarily postponing the release of the Padmavati out of “RESPECT AND REGARD FOR THE LAW OF LAND INCLUDING CBFC.”
Padmavati which has been in on the hit list of the storm in the India and has got clearance from British censor board in spite postponed in India. It will release on December 1 in India, will now be screened on a similar day in the UK.
Prasoon Joshi (CBFC chief) on November 20, said that the certification board should be given sufficient time to take a balanced decision about the film.
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During an interview with Times Now, Pahlaj Nihalani (former CBFC chief) said:
“FIRSTLY SANJAY LEELA BHANSALI CAN’T EXPORT THE FILM, AD GET CERTIFICATE BEFORE CERTIFICATION IN INDIA AS POST CLEARANCE ONLY ONE CAN EXPORT THE MOVIE. HE HAS DONE IT BUT ITS ILLICIT. AS CBFC CHAIRMAN, I HAVE PREVIOUSLY TAKEN ACTION AGAINST 2 TO 3 FILM PRODUCERS. THE GOVERNMENT WILL ALSO NOTIFIED AD I THINK HE’LL HAVE TO FACE FOR HIS ACTION”.
As per the source in the CBFC:
“IN CBFC, 68 DAYS IS MAXIMUM TIME TO CERTIFY FILM; IT CAN BE LESS ALSO. WE TYPICALLY DO IT IN THE MONTH OR MORE. WITH A MOVIE THIS, YOU’LL REQUIRE TO BE CAREFUL, TAKE OPINIONS, SO IT IS TAKING MORE TIME. IT DOESN’T MEAN THAT NOTHING WILL OCCUR BEFORE 68 DAYS. IF THE FILMMAKERS WANT A CERTIFICATE ON TIME, IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THEY CONSIDER THIS MUCH TIME”.
The CBFC had returned the application to the film producers saying it was not complete and they have re-applied.
The source said:
“WE HAVE FOLLOWED THE NORMAL PROCEDURE. AN ONCE WE RECEIVE THE APPLICATION, WE INSPECT IT. AND IN THIS MATTER, IT WAS INCOMPLETE, SO WE RETURNED. THERE WAS NO DISCLAIMER… WHICH IS NEED FOR A MOVIE LIKE THIS”.
The source added:
“IF THE APPLICATION IS IN PROPER MANNER, WE GIVE THEM A DATE FOR SCREENING. WE HAVE AN A COMMITTEE FOR ANALYZING THE FILM. WE’LL ALSO HAVE HISTORICAL PROFESSIONALS FOR ITS SCREENING, AND WE ARE JUST FOLLOWING THE PROCESS”.
When questioned if the new application has been scanned, the source said,
“NO ONE TAKES TIME AS WE HAVE OTHER FILMS TO CERTIFY AS WELL AND PADMAVATI IS INCLUDED IN OUR LIST. WE HAVE A LIMITED STAFF, AND WE CAN’T JUST LEAVE EVERYTHING TO ONE SIDE AND FOCUS ON THIS. IT’LL TAKE THE NORMAL TIME.”
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