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Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut plans full-fledged commercial biopic on late party patriarch Bal Thackeray

Senior Shiv Sena leader and MP Sanjay Raut is planning a biopic on late party patriarch Bal Thackeray, with an aim to bring before the people the real personality of the fiery leader.”It will be a full-fledged commercial film produced by me. The film will reveal the true personality of the great leader that Balasaheb was,” Raut told PTI.The Rajya Sabha MP, however, refused to disclose the names of the director and actors of the film.Raut, who has closely worked with Bal Thackeray for over two decades, said the formal announcement of the film will made on December 21, when its trailer will be released in the presence of Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.According to him, the shooting of the film will start sometime in January (2018) and is expected to be ready for release by early 2019.Also readBal Thackeray memorial row: Bombay HC asks BMC to maintain status quo on eviction notice to kindergarten school”The film will be shot mostly in Mumbai and many of the scenes will be shot at the actual locations, where a particular event had taken place. It will take around 3-4 months for us to complete the shoot,” Raut said.Thackeray, an advocate of a strong pro-Hindu policy, died on 17 November 2012 in Mumbai at the age of 86. Besides being known as an aggressive leader, Thackeray was famous for his political cartoons.

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Parliamentary panel grills Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Prasoon Joshi

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Thursday faced a barrage of questions from a Parliamentary panel, which took stock of his controversial film ‘Padmavati’, reportedly based on the legend of Chittor’s Queen Padmini.The 30-member Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting, led by Anurag Thakur, had asked Bhansali and censor board chief Prasoon Joshi to appear before it after the film attracted huge controversy.Fringe Rajput groups such as Karni Sena, aided by certain politicians, have accused Bhansali of distorting history by showing a romantic dance sequence between Queen Padmini and Delhi Sultanate king Alauddin Khilji. Bhansali, however, has refuted all these claims.Noting that a movie was meant for entertainment and not for creating a tensed atmosphere across the country, panel head Anurag Thakur raised the issue of why a huge amount of money of taxpayers was being utilised in this matter, and why the movie was being showcased to select media. At the time, even the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) was yet to see the film.The panel members asked Bhansali why his movies seemed to target communities and produce tension. They also asked whether creating a controversy was the new trend to sell movies and how could Bhansali assume that the movie could be released on December 1, when he applied for certification on November 11. As per the Cinematography Act, the CBFC has to take 68 days before certifying a movie.”Is selective media screening of the movie fair and ethical? Was it an act to influence the CBFC?” the panel members asked. Bhansali, sources said, clarified that the film was entirely based on Malik Mohammed Jayasi’s epic ‘Padmavat’ and he neither changed the context nor the facts.CBFC chief Joshi told the ad hoc Lok Sabha Committee on Petitions that the censor board cleared only the trailer and the promos of the period film. He later said he has not seen the film yet but would constitute an expert committee, which will see the film critically and decide if it can be screened as it is or with some cuts.The panel was yet to decide whether Thursday’s meeting satisfied their queries and will take a decision in a couple of weeks. Thereafter, it will submit a report of its findings to the Speaker’s office.
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Padmavati row | Parliamentary panel grills Sanjay Leela Bhansali over ‘selective media screening’ of film

‘Padmavati’ director Sanjay Leela Bhansali today faced a barrage of questions from a parliamentary panel which asked him if the “selective” media screening of his film was aimed at influencing the CBFC, sources said.Bhansali appeared before the parliamentary standing committee on information technology to share his views on the controversy surrounding the film.Sources said the members of the panel asked him, “How could you assume that the movie could be released on December 1 when you applied to the CBFC on November 11. As per the cinematography act, the CBFC may take 68 days before certifying a movie?””Is selective media screening of the movie fair and ethical? Was it an act to influence the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC),” they asked.They asked if the creating a controversy was a new trend to sell the movie, sources said.Also readPadmavati row: Nana Patekar says death threats to Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali are unacceptableThe panel said media was giving free space due to the ongoing controversy and even social media had given the movie immense space.They said it seemed that his movies tend to target communities which produced tension between them.Also readSamajwadi twist to Padmavati row: When Mulayam Singh Yadav’s ‘chhoti bahu’ Aparna Yadav did beautiful ghoomar Censor board chief Prasoon Joshi was also scheduled to appear before the panel today, sources said.The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief had told another parliamentary panel earlier in the day that a decision on the film would be taken after showing it to experts, the sources said.Also readPadmavati: BJP’s Suraj Pal Amu, who offered Rs 10 crore for Deepika, Bhansali’s heads quits party postThe panel on information technology, which also looks into the issues of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, had called the meeting to discuss the problems and issues faced by the film.It is headed by BJP MP Anurag Thakur and its members are senior BJP leader LK Advani and film actor Raj Babbar, a Congress leader.Various Rajput groups and political leaders have accused Bhansali of distorting history in the movie by using a romantic dream sequence between the Rajput queen Padmini and Sultan Alauddin Khilji, a claim repeatedly denied by the filmmaker.Historians are divided over whether Padmini actually existed. The Deepika Padukone-Shahid Kapoor-Ranveer Singh film was was earlier scheduled to release on December 1. The makers have deferred the release till they receive a certificate from the CBFC. They recently applied for 3D certification.
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NDTF discusses historical relevance of Rani Padmini

Amid the raging controversy over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming movie Padmavati, members of the right-wing groups, including BJP-affiliate National Democratic Teachers’ Front (NDTF) organised a lecture to discuss the “historical relevance” of Rani Padmini at Delhi University’s Daulat Ram College on Wednesday.The panel members included Balmukund Pandey, national organising secretary, RSS-affiliate Akhil Bharatiya Itihaas Sankalan Yojana (ABISY), UGC member Indra Mohan Kapahy, IGNOU professor Kapil Kumar and general secretary NDTF Virendra Singh Negi. According to them, the Indian history has constantly been “distorted” by “communist forces” since Independence.Rejecting that there is no “historical evidence” to substantiate the existence of Rani Padmini, Pandey said,”She was a historical figure and her existence has been discussed by the historians on several occasions.””The history of India has been distorted by the communists ever since Independence. Communist historians have nothing to with the Indian culture and legends. They have always tried to transform ‘Bharat’ into India’,” he added.Pandey’s sentiments were echoed by other panellists, who supported the ongoing countrywide protests against the movie.”It’s very important that our students do not misinterpret the historical relevance of Rani Padmini on the basis of the wrong facts promoted by the communists,” said IGNOU professor Kapil Kumar, adding why the so-called communists and “feminists” didn’t speak up when women were being sold by IS’s chief Baghdadi. Bhansali’s Padmavati has been mired in controversy ever since the film’s shoot started. The film, scheduled to release on December 1, has now been postponed by the filmmakers.IN LIMBOBhansali’s Padmavati has been mired in controversy ever since the film’s shoot started. The film, scheduled to release on December 1, has now been postponed by the filmmakers.
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‘Padmavati’ row: History ‘sheeted’ in Chittorgarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chill is in the air, but the Rajasthan government is feeling the heat of protests in Chittorgarh, the home of Padmini (Padmavati). In a knee jerk reaction the archaeology department has covered the stone plaque that had the story of Padmini (Padmavati) inscribed on it. This came after threat from the Shri Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) to smash it as it contained ‘incorrect history’. The protesters claim that the mirror story was incorrect. Also hundreds, including women, courted arrest on Monday demanding a ban on the film. The mirrors at the Chittorgarh fort, that were supposedly used to show Padmini to Khilji, were vandalized and broken earlier this year allegedly by the SRKS. And curtains to the plaque is being seen as a precautionary measure. Sources in the department said that it was done on the orders of higher authorities.Lokendra Singh Kalvi Patron of SRKS told DNA, “We welcome this move by the archaeology department. It was long due and validates our claims. The plaque showed distorted history. The mirror was invented 1294 in belgium and france that is 8000 miles from Chittorgarh. Khilji supposedly saw Padmini (Padmavati) in the mirror in 1302, just eight years later.”“Khilji took three years to travel from Kandhar to Chittorgarh; a distance of 1100 miles. Even at the speed of a marching army the mirror should take 24 years to travel to Chittorgarh. I wonder how the mirror raced so fast to reach Chittorgarh,” Kalvi said. As part of the ongoing protests by the Sarv Samaj Sangathan and Jauhar Samriti Sansthan, a total 304 persons including two dozen women on Monday courted arrest demanding a ban on the film. They were arrested under section 129 of CrPC. They were later released. The protesters were raising slogans against the film.The protesters under the banner of Sarv Samaj have been staging a dharna at the gate of the fort for the last eighteen days. The police had made elaborate arrangements to maintain law and order.According to Govind Singh of the Sarv Samaj Sangathan, “The protests would continue till the film is banned. We have also given a memorandum to the district administration to get the stone plaque removed.” Manju Shekhawat, one of the women who courted arrest said, “We will not let Bhansali distort the history of Padmini (Padmavati)”

After threats, authorities cover up ‘incorrect’ plaque about Padmavati in Chittorgarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There’s a chill in the air, but the Rajasthan government is feeling the heat of protests in Chittorgarh, the home of Padmini (Padmavati).In a knee-jerk reaction, the archaeology department has covered the stone plaque that had the story of Padmini (Padmavati) inscribed on it. This came after threats from the Shri Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) to break it down as it contained ‘incorrect history’. The protesters claim that the mirror story is incorrect. Also, hundreds including women courted arrest on Monday demanding a ban on the film. The mirrors at the Chittorgarh fort, that were supposedly used to show Padmini to Khilji, were vandalized and broken earlier this year allegedly by the SRKS. And curtains on the plaque is being seen as a precautionary measure. Sources in the department said that it was done on the orders of higher authorities.
ALSO READ ‘Padmavati’ row: Karni Sena demands full ban on Bhansali’s film in HaryanaLokendra Singh Kalvi Patron of SRKS told DNA, “We welcome this move by the archaeology department. It was long due and validates our claims. The plaque showed distorted history. The mirror was invented 1294 in Belgium and France that is 8000 miles from Chittorgarh. Khilji supposedly saw Padmini (Padmavati) in the mirror in 1302, just eight years later.”“Khilji took three years to travel from Kandhar to Chittorgarh; a distance of 1100 miles. Even at the speed of a marching army, the mirror should take 24 years to travel to Chittorgarh. I wonder how the mirror raced so fast to reach Chittorgarh,” Kalvi said.
ALSO READ Death over dishonour: What the Padmavati furore is aboutAs part of the ongoing protests by the Sarv Samaj Sangathan and Jauhar Samriti Sansthan, a total 304 persons including two dozen women on Monday courted arrest demanding a ban on the film. They were arrested under section 129 of CrPC. They were later released. The protesters were raising slogans against the film.The protesters under the banner of Sarv Samaj have been staging a dharna at the gate of the fort for the last eighteen days. The police had made elaborate arrangements to maintain law and order.
ALSO READ Alauddin Khilji was a brutal ruler, Sanjay Leela Bhansali should not glamorise himAccording to Govind Singh of the Sarv Samaj Sangathan, “The protests would continue till the film is banned. We have also given a memorandum to the district administration to get the stone plaque removed.”Manju Shekhawat, one of the women who courted arrest said, “We will not let Bhansali distort the history of Padmini (Padmavati)”

Lights. Camera. Censor: A 360 degree low-down on ‘Padmavati’ controversy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When the first trailer of Padmavati hit the screens a month and a half ago, it captured little imagination and looked like just another fancy Sanjay Leela Bhansali magnum opus.With top actors and grandiose sets, the trailer was easily a time-tested Bhansali match, bought quickly by Bollywood fans.It went viral instantly. In 24 hours, it garnered 20 million views on YouTube, considered the most received by a Hindi film trailer in a day. It was talked about by social and mainstream media alike, the curiosity catalysed by top influencers.The magic, however, was short-lived, as protests against Padmavati makers spiralled, accusing them of distorting history and hurting sentiments of the Rajput community. The opposition to the film kept mounting, making Padmavati one of the most controversial movies.The December 1 release now stands deferred indefinitely, while the highly anticipated movie has been banned in multiple states, mostly ruled by the BJP. Threats of beheading and nose-chopping were issued against the director and actors unabashedly, without fear of the law, by fringe elements, and have also been endorsed by a section of politicians.
ALSO READ Padmavati row: Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu warns against violence, bountiesThis, even before the masses or even India’s film certification body, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), could manage to see the film. The ongoing, sensational saga begs the question: Who are the censors and custodians of the freedom of expression? It has also proved that the CBFC, called the censor board in common parlance, has little role in such a situation and is no more than a mere rubber stamp.Fringe, the new mainstreamTrouble had started brewing in January this year when a Rajasthan-based fringe group, the Rajput Karni Sena, assaulted Bhansali on the sets in Jaipur. In March, unidentified people vandalised the movie sets in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district. Days after the trailer released, the Karni Sena and other fringe Rajput groups came out on the streets to protest in the hundreds and blocked entry to the Chittorgarh Fort and the Kumbhalgarh Fort. They also issued threats and bounties for beheading Bhansali and cutting off actor Deepika Padukone’s nose.
ALSO READ Padmavati | Don’t forget Shurpnakaha’s fate, BJP leader threatens Mamata Banerjee for backing Deepika Padukone’s filmSena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi had earlier refused to settle for any compromise over the film, saying that it should be scrapped outright. The group has now mellowed down to say the movie should be shown to the erstwhile royal family of Mewar, and the protests would be withdrawn if the family does not find anything objectionable.A trader’s body was found hanging in Jaipur’s famous Nahargarh Fort with “we don’t just hang effigies… Padmavati” scribbled on a nearby rock on Friday, potentially marking a grotesque turn in the protests by groups claiming to represent the Rajput community. They say the depiction of the romance between Padmini and Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji insults the Rajput community. The film’s makers have been denying allegations of any distortion of history, promising there will be “no romantic scene or song or dream sequence between the two.
ALSO READ ‘Padmavati’ row: Karni Sena demands full ban on Bhansali’s film in HaryanaBut this has failed to assuage increasingly violent threats against cast and crew.Historians are divided over whether the queen ever existed. The movie is based on an epic 16th-century poem, ‘Padmavat’ by Sufi Muslim author Malik Muhammad Jayasi.Political backingFringe groups have, time and again, tried disrupting law and order in the country over a host of issues, including films. What emboldens them are endorsements from a section of politicians for their demands. Haryana BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu openly supported a call to behead Padukone and Bhansali and threatened to burn every cinema screen in the country if the movie was released.Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh have banned the movie. Uttar Pradesh has held Bhansali responsible for hurting the sentiments of the Rajput community, while Rajasthan has sought edits. Even the Congress government in Punjab has backed protesters. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has said nobody will accept the distortion of history and those who are protesting are rightly doing so.However, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has called the protests a “super emergency” and a calculated plan of “a political party” to destroy the freedom of expression. She said on Friday that her state was ready to welcome the film and its crew. “They are welcome here if they can’t release it in other states. We can make special arrangements.”Interestingly, Gujarat is staring at high-octane state elections next month, while UP is going through civic polls. Assembly elections are due in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan next year. In this situation, banning a film is the easiest move the states could have made, given that they are home to a large number of Rajputs, whose community leaders have been at the forefront of the protests.Strangely, none of the states decided to wait for the decision of the CBFC to arrive at a conclusion over its public screening. Talking to DNA, senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar justified the opposition to the film and put the blame squarely on its makers. “For any film which has the potential to hurt sentiments, it is important for its makers to show it to community leaders first. No film should hurt the sentiments of any caste or community. Their opinion should be taken, and if they feel that there are certain objectionable scenes the should be deleted, filmmakers should delete them,” Kumar said.He said Bhansali was overlooking the easy solution and attracting further trouble by being adamant and not showing the film to caste leaders who feel it is an attack on their honour. But if caste leaders are to decide the fate of a film, what does the CBFC do, which is yet to even see this particular film? “Yes, let the CBFC see the film and arrive at a decision, but when so many states are banning it, the filmmakers should ponder over the reason. The film should be screened for members of the community protesting its release, to give them an assurance that it has nothing which can hurt their sensibilities,” he said.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also said that the director is as guilty as those who threatened to harm Padukone and Bhansali, “who has hurt public sentiments.” Ajmer Dargah Deewan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban the film, stating that it hurts religious sentiments and could have an adverse effect on the law-and-order situation of the country.Rajasthan RoyalsThe royal family of Mewar has expressed strong displeasure with Padmavati makers and has urged the government to withhold the release of the film in its current form. Talking to DNA, MK Vishvaraj Singh of Udaipur, Mewar, said that in the interests of the film as well as keeping in mind plain courtesy, the makers should have let the family know that they are making a movie on their ancestor, Maharani Padmini, who is revered by many.”Take the case of films made on cricketers like MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar. The films were made in consultation with them to avoid any errors and all seem to be happy with the result. In case of Padmavati, we were not consulted even once, though we belong to the same lineage,” he said.Singh also pointed out that the recent selective screening of the film and the fact of those who viewed it making their review public has been criticised by the censor board. Talking about Karni Sena’s demand that the film be shown to the royal family to weed out any objections, Singh said it remains to be seen if this is possible in light of the recent criticism of the selective screening by the CBFC.”We have certain objections and they continue to be there. Even though the film is yet to be released, the trailer makes the mistakes reasonably clear, as the clips are parts of the film,” he said, adding that if there is the intention, any issue can be sorted out by a direct dialogue between all concerned. “Even if we see the film and put forth our objections, it is yet to be seen if and how the makers will address them,” he said.In a letter to the Prime Minister, Singh has urged him not to allow the movie’s release, stating that it is the responsibility of the government to safeguard the history of the country and the dignity of its citizens. “It will be ironic if films like Padmavati that are in our history and heritage are permitted to misrepresent and exploit this same heritage that is flaunted at home and abroad before all.”The family has also objected to the song Ghoomar and said in the letter, “If the film professes to be history and its maker goes on record to claim that he has kept in mind cultural sensitivities, it is an artistic and historic fraud to portray an incorrectly attired courtesan-like painted doll in the song as the very ‘queen’ the film purports to pay obeisance to.” He, however, disapproved of the threats of physical violence issued to Padukone and Bhansali.BJP MLA and member of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family, Diya Kumari, is also opposed to Padmavati. She has warned that the movie will not be released if it does not depict history authentically. She has also said that Bhansali should get the facts in the film verified by a forum of historians and then release it.Bhansali’s blunderWhile a consortium of fringe groups across several states took the law into their own hands, Bhansali also subverted the due process. In an arbitrary move, he held a special screening for personnel of select media establishments, eroding the authority of the censor board. What the filmmaker thought would be a smart move, backfired angering CBFC members. Board chief Prasoon Joshi publicly criticised the action.A filmmaker could choose to show his/her product to a private audience. It does not violate any rule. But Bhansali’s audience went on to submit its views on the film, influencing people’s opinions, while the film awaited certification. He invited trouble for himself as his move further angered and alienated political leaders and fringe groups who felt sidelined in the whole process. He also chose against consulting Mewar’s royal family, though his earlier film Bajirao Mastani had faced stiff opposition from the descendants of Maratha warrior Peshwa Bajirao.CBFC, a rubber stamp?India’s top film certification authority has looked completely sidelined in the entire controversy. Former CBFC chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani told DNA that the CBFC cannot take any action against Bhansali, for there are no rules against the private screening of a movie.RSS leader Kumar also told DNA that even if the CBFC sees the film, it also has to be screened for those opposing it for their clarification.While the Shyam Benegal committee report on the CBFC’s revamp remains to be implemented by the government, the veteran filmmaker has questioned the nationwide protests when hardly anyone has seen the film. Viacom 18 — a joint venture between Viacom Inc and Reliance Industries’ Network 18 — is the studio behind the film that is said to have cost some $23 million.Ranjani Mazumdar, professor of Cinema Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), has been following the controversy. “Cinema is increasingly emerging as a high-profile soft target to create a vitiated atmosphere. Apart from being an assault on the right to express, this kind of attack on the film by self-appointed vigilantes, who see themselves as the custodians of Indian culture, is being allowed because the government refuses to take a strong position on it,” Mazumdar told DNA.”They are, on the contrary, allowing this poison to spread. To ask for beheading, in the public domain, in this case, is shocking. I hope the film industry will take a strong position on this and demand the government’s intervention,” she said. Actors such as Shabana Azmi have urged the film industry to boycott the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in protest against the threats and disruption.Who said whatThe movie should be shown to the erstwhile royal family of Mewar; the protests will stop if the family does not find anything objectionable.—Lokendra Singh Kalvi, Rajput Karni Sena chiefCBFC cannot take any action against Bhansali, for there are no rules against the private screening of a movie.—Pahlaj Nihalani, ex-CBFC chiefLet the CBFC (also) see the film and arrive at a decision, but when so many states are banning it, the filmmakers should ponder over the reason.—Indresh Kumar, senior RSS leaderProtesters should see the film first and then demand cuts if anything is found objectionable. My opinion is very clear. Some of the historical facts may not be in consonance with our thinking… these movies are of course based on history. And I know some directors … study all angles of history. But popular sentiments should also be respected.—Birender Singh, Union MinisterKeeping in mind plain courtesy, the makers should have let the family know that they are making a movie on their ancestor, who is revered by many. We have some objections. The trailer makes the mistakes clear. It is the responsibility of the government to safeguard the history of the country and the dignity of its citizens.—Vishvaraj Singh, of Mewar’s royal familyCinema is increasingly emerging as a soft target to create a vitiated atmosphere. Apart from being an assault on the right to express, this kind of attack on the film by self-appointed vigilantes, who see themselves as the custodians of Indian culture, is being allowed because the government refuses to take a strong position.—Ranjani Mazumdar, cinema professor, JNUFilms caught in protests and politicsFireWhen: December 1998Why: The movie showed its female leads sharing a romantic relationship, which was cited as “alien to our culture”.What: Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal and BJP workers vandalised theatres, some stripped down in protest. Initially passed uncut by the censor board, it was referred back to the board for re-examination.WaterWhen: January 2000Why: About the lives of widows in pre-Independence India, termed “anti-Hindu”.What: Director Deepa Mehta was forced to shut down the film’s production after protesters destroyed sets. Shiv Sena in UP organised a suicide protest to stop the film’s making. It finally released in India in 2007.Jodhaa AkbarWhen: February 2008Why: Based on the love story of Mughal emperor Akbar and Rajput princess Jodha, the Rajput community protested it for distorting historical facts.What: The film was banned in UP, Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttarakhand. The Supreme Court lifted the ban on its screening in UP and some towns of Uttarakhand and Haryana.Madras CafeWhen: August 2013Why: Set against the backdrop of the Sri Lankan civil war, the movie ran into trouble for its alleged portrayal of LTTE in bad light.What: Amidst protests, Tamil political parties called for a ban on the film. It did not see a release in Tamil Nadu and UK.Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-LeelaWhen: November 2013Why: Initially named Ram-Leela, the film was accused of hurting religious sentiments.What: The Allahabad HC banned its release in UP. Bhansali agreed to the Kshatriya community’s demands by changing “provocative” words.Bajirao MastaniWhen: December 2015Why: Groups of Bajirao’s descendants, and BJP workers claimed the film distorted historical facts and depicted the Maratha leader in poor light.What: On the opening day, theatres across Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat were forced to cancelscreenings.Udta PunjabWhen: June 2016Why: CBFC presented a list of 94 cuts and 13 pointers prior to the film’s release, one of which included removing all references to Punjab.What: Amidst protests in Punjab, the Bombay High Court later reduced the number of cuts to just one scene and directed the Board to issue an ‘Adult’ certificate to the film.Ae Dil Hai MushkilWhen: October 2016Why: Following the terrorist attack in Uri, Hindu groups protested the casting of Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.What: MNS called for a ban and threatened cinemas with vandalism. It withdrew its agitation after Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis intervened.RaeesWhen: December 2016Why: MNS and Shiv Sena party workers protested the film’s screening for starring Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, while a BJP leader termed it a “dishonest” and “anti-national” film.What: Shah Rukh Khan met MNS chief Raj Thackeray to assure him that Mahira Khan won’t visit India for its promotion.Lipstick Under My BurkhaWhen: February 2017Why: On four Muslim women yearning to break free.What: The CBFC denied the film’s release in India stating that its plot was “lady-oriented” and had “contagious sexual scenes.” It was later released with an Adult certificate.

Padmavati: It’s murder, my brother can’t commit suicide, says brother of Nahargarh Fort victim

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hours after the mysterious death of a man with threat notes engraved at the Jaipur’s Nahargarh Fort on Friday, brother of the deceased believes the victim was murdered and demanded a probe into the matter.Ram Ratan Saini, brother of the man who was found hanging at the Jaipur fort with death notes engraved in protest of Bollywood movie ‘Padmavati’, also said the death has nothing to do with the note written in the rocks. “My brother cannot commit suicide, it appears to be a murder. Will demand for an investigation into the death. He has nothing to do with it (threat note written on rocks #Padmavati ),” said Ram Ratan Saini, brother of the deceased. Chetan, a resident of Jaipur’s Shastri Nagar, was found hanging on the ramparts of the fort with threat messages. One message read ‘Padmavati ka Virodh’ and other one said ‘we don’t burn effigies, we hang people’. Another message saying ‘Chetan Tantrik mara gaya’ was also written near the body. Each messages were linked to the most controversial Padmavati row.The incident came to light when morning walkers saw the body hanging some 500 feet above the ground and informed the police. It was presumed that the man had committed suicide, but on checking the spot and seeing the messages the police are suspecting some foul play.Police are investigating whether it’s a suicide or a murder.Fringe groups like Rajput Karni Sena (RKS), who have been demanding nationwide ban on Padmavati’s release, have denied any involvement in the matter. They have earlier threatened violent protests, to cut off actor Deepika Padukone’s nose and burned effigies of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.The Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s opus magnum has been in the centre of storm over it’s release as protestors claim the movie has ‘distorted’ historical facts.The film tells the story of Rajput queen Rani Padmini who burned herself to avoid being captured by the Muslim emperor Alauddin Khilji. Amid rumours of the romantic dream sequence between the legendary Rajput queen and Khilji, several political leaders and outfits have protested against the film’s release. Some states like Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat has already banned the screening of the film in the state.Other states like Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have urged the filmmakers to make the necessary changes in the film to avoid any historical facts being distorted and not show any objectionable content.The film was slated for release on December 1. But, it was confirmed that Bhansali’s period drama has been delayed. The film was submitted to the CBFC for certification but it was returned to the makers because of ‘incomplete application’.The production house, Viacom18 motion pictures, sent out an official release on Sunday confirming the delay in the release of Padmavati.

India Padmavati: Body found near fort linked to film protest

Protesting right-wing groups say the film Padmavati “insults” an iconic Hindu queen.

Padmavati Controversy: Delhi HC dismisses plea, says such petitions encourage agitators

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed a plea against the film “Padmavati”, observing that such petitions were encouraging those agitating against the movie.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar termed as “hopeless” and “misconceived” a petition seeking that a committee be set up prior to the release of the movie to check whether there was any distortion of history.”Have you (counsel for the petitioner) seen the film.Have the people, who are burning cinema halls seen the film? By this kind of petitions, you are encouraging the people who are agitating,” the bench observed.It further directed the petitioner, Akhand Rashtrawadi Party, which claims to be a political party, to approach the Censor Board as the court was not inclined to entertain it.The plea has said that the committee was necessary as there was alleged distortion of historical facts in the film starring Deepika Padukone.

Karni Sena threatens to burn theatres in UK after Britain Censor Board clears ‘Padmavati’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) on Thursday cleared Sanjay Leela Bhansali flick Padmavati, Karni Sena has threatened to burn theatres in the UK.BBFC cleared the movie ‘Padmavati’ without any cuts for release in the UK. “Padmavati’ (12A) moderate violence, injury detail,” stated the official website of the British censor board. “All known versions of this work passed uncut,” it said.However, Sukhdev Singh, a leader of Karni Sena has threatened to burn every UK theatre screening Padmavati.“I myself wanted to go there to protest but the Indian government has confiscated my passport, so I will ask the Rajput community there to protest,” he told a news channel.Singh said that that will go to the international court to get the movie banned.Meanwhile, a functionary at Viacom 18, however, said there was no plan to release the film globally without it being cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).As the film was supposed to release on December 1, there are over 50 countries where this process (of certification) is on, he said.The lavishly mounted film, starring Deepika Padukone in the title role, and Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, is a joint production by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions.Many groups have been protesting amid rumours that there was a romantic dream sequence between Rajput queen Padmini and Allauddin Khilji. However, Bhansali said in an appeal that there was no dream sequence and it was all a rumour.Several politicians have already demanded a ban on the movie, while Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, and Rajasthan have already refused to allow a release of the movie in the state.Bhansali has been under attack from the group since he started shooting for the movie. The set of the movie was vandalised twice – in Jaipur and Kolhapur – and the director was roughed up by Karni Sena members in Jaipur in January.

‘Padmavati’ row: British Censor Board clears Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film for UK audience

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In India there have been protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversy-ridden ‘Padmavati’, but the movie has been cleared for a scheduled release in the UK. The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has cleared the movie for release on December 1. The BBFC has given the film a 12A rating and was passed without any cuts. The 12A rating mandates that the film cannot be viewed by a child under the age of 12 unless accompanied by an adult.The British Censor Board has listed the film on its official website, stating, “‘Padmavati’ (12A) moderate violence, injury detail.”It also mentioned that “all known versions of this work passed uncut”.On the other hand in India, the producers of the controversy- ridden film Padmavati will take a call on its release only after the censor board’s go-ahead, a source said today.The film features Deepika Padukone in the title role of Rani Padmavati, with Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji. The film was earlier scheduled to release on December 1.But media reports have claimed that the film is now pushed for next year in India and the promotions have been put on hold. The source from the production house, however, revealed that no concrete decision has been reached yet.On Sunday, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind “Padmavati”, had announced that it was voluntarily deferring the release of the film, earlier scheduled on December 1, out of “respect and regard for the law of the land” and the Central Board of Film Certification.Bhansali has been under attack from the group since he started shooting for the movie. The set of the movie was vandalised twice – in Jaipur and Kolhapur – and the director was roughed up by Karni Sena members in Jaipur in January.Bhansali, through a video statement, has sought to clear the air surrounding the film, saying he was careful in depicting the “Rajput honour and dignity” in the film.

Padmavati row | Don’t release film without making changes, think of consequences, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje writes to Smriti Irani

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s opulent period drama ‘Padmavti’, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has written to Union Minister Smriti Irani to put the film’s release on hold.In a letter to the Information and Broadcasting Minister, the Rajasthan CM is said to have said that “Padmavati (should) not be released until some changes are made to it so that it ‘does not hurt the sentiments of any community’,” news agency ANI said on Saturday.Raje also suggested that a committee should be formed “to to discuss the film and its plot and then suggest amendments to avoid ‘hurting sentiments’.”Warning about the fallout, Raje wrote, “the Censor Board must think of consequences before certifying Padmavati.”The letter comes on a day when the Central Board of Film Certification Chief Prasoon Joshi slammed Bhansali for holding private screening of the movie without getting mandatory certification. He accused Bhansali of subverting the issue.“It’s myopic to treat certification process haphazardly to suit convenience. On one hand,holding CBFC responsible and pressurizing to accelerate process and on other hand,attempt to subvert the very process,sets an opportunistic precedent,” Joshi was quoted as saying to ANI.On Friday, the CBFC had returned the film to its makers as the application for the certification was “incomplete”.Raje becomes second Chief Minister to request ban on Padmavati. Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had had urged I&B Ministry to defer the release of the movie due to ‘public anger’ over the makers ‘distorting historical facts’ only because it could affect law and order on the release date.

Padmavati row | Postpone movie release, it may create law and order situation, CM Yogi to Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has requested the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to defer release of controversial Bollywood movie Padmavati on December 1 as it could vitiate the law and order situation in the state due to result declaration of local bodies polls and Barawafat.In a letter to the I & B Ministry and a copy to the CBFC, the Principal Secretary Home Arvind Kumar said that intelligence reports suggest that public anger was brewing over the distorted historical facts shown in the movie. “A few organization have already threatened to oppose the release of the film which may vitiate the law and order situation in the state,” pointed Kumar.Earlier, Yogi Adityanath government had assured security cover on the release of Padmavati in UP. But after the intelligence input, demand from party MP, MLA’s to ban the film in the state and fear of widespread protest, the state government changed its mind.The Principal Secretary Home said that it would be very difficult for the state to provide security cover for the release of the film as forces would be deployed to ensure peaceful counting votes for local bodies polls and passing of Barawafat. The controversial film is to be released on December 1 coinciding with counting votes in Uttar Pradesh followed by Barawafat.Arvind Kumar requested the I&B Ministry to apprise the censor board about these issues before giving certification to the film and allowing its release on December 1.“Movies based on facts with positive script motivate and influence the society to move on the right path. But movies with distorted historical facts, exaggeration, false and fictional scripts create vicious atmosphere in the nation and society. It develops social hatred and generate serious challenges for law and order,” he said .Kumar cited past incidents to prove state governments point. “There have been incidents which led to anarchy and threw law and order out of gear due to such movies,” he added.The Principal Secretary Home said that different social, cultural and other organizations have already staged protests against the launch of movie’s trailer on October 9 showing Ghoomar dance by Rani Padmavati and her love affair with Allauddin Khilji which are not mentioned in any history books. These organizations have demanded ban on the movie and warned large-scale violence if the movie was released in the same form, he added.“Following threat of widespread violent protest and in view of our prior commitments due to counting of votes and Barawafat, it is not in the interest of public interest to release the film on December 1 as it would be very difficult for the state to maintain law and order and establish peace,” pointed Kumar.

Rajput Karni Sena threatens Deepika Padukone over ‘Padmavati’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Protests continue to rage in Rajasthan over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie Padmavati. Rajput Karni Sena (RKS) on Wednesday gave a call for Bharat Bandh on December 1. Karni Sena has been protesting against the film demanding a nationwide ban on its release. Ministers and erstwhile royals are also adding voice to the protest.RKS patron Lokendra Singh Kalvi on Wednesday flayed actor Deepika Padukone for her outburst against the protests. Kalvi said, “Deepika is like a daughter. She should exercise restrain.”Mahipal Makrana, RKS president, issued a veiled threat to the Bollywood actor saying, “Rajputs do not raise hand on women, but even Lakshman had cut off Surpanakha’s nose.” Kalvi said that he could not assure that there would be no further violence. This came from the patron a day after members of Rajput Karni Sena vandalized a cinema hall in Kota for showing the trailer of Padmavati.Dharohan Bachao Samiti — a Hindu organisation — burnt director Bhansali’s effigy and warned him of dire consequences if the film is released with historically incorrect content.Chairperson of the Rajasthan State Women’s Commission, Suman Sharma and minister of higher education Kiran Maheshwari have also opposed the film. Sharma has written a letter to Central Board of Film Certification chairperson Prasoon Joshi asking him to preview the film and give the report to the body. Maheshwari said Padmavati is a symbol of pride and her historical significance should not be misrepresented at any cost.In a major development scion of the erstwhile Udaipur (Mewar) royal family, Lakshyaraj Singh has issued a video and questioned the logic of creating an entertainment film on Padmavati, an issue that his family, as descendants, holds in very pious light.He called for unified efforts to urge the Government of India to form a strict law that prevents the distortion of history, culture, and stops hurting emotions in the name of entertainment.Singh said that the erstwhile royals of Mewar boycott all efforts to play with the dignity of his ancestors. The angst that has arisen in various segments should be used as means to unify all.He questioned the responsibility of the director Bhansali and the dignity that the artist should’ve maintained while portraying the characters of the film.The video comes at a time when protest against Padmavati has spread across the nation and the silence of the descendants of Padmavati (Padmini) was under scanner. Singh, in the video message, says that he did not believe in opposition through irresponsible statements and violence.Meanwhile the eight persons arrested for vandalizing the cinema hall at Kota have been remanded to judicial custody till November 19.

Govt fails to explain deletion of CBFC certified film S Durga for IFFI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A political controversy erupted over the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry’s decision of dropping two of the 20 films recommended by a jury to be screened at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) at Goa scheduled later this month.The I&B ministry had overruled the recommendation of the 13-member jury and omitted Malayalam movie ‘S Durga’ and Marathi film ‘Nude’ from the 48th edition of the film festival to be held from November 20 to 28, prompting filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh to resign as the head of the jury of IFFI’s Indian Panorama section.Defending the ministry’s stand, government sources said that the ministry had received several complaints against the Sexy Durga title and held that it may affect the law and order situation with Durga being a principal Hindu Goddess, when it was to be screened at the MAMI. About the film ‘Nude’, sources said it was technically not complete when it was submitted.”In fact, the ministry had also suggested that the film ‘S Durga’ should seek certification from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in due course. The examining committee found the film to be violative of guideline 6, ie provocative and disrespectful to certain faith/religion. Therefore it recommended for grant of U/A certificate with excisions and modification to the film that included changing the title of the film and deleting vulgar words,” a ministry source said.Even though the title of the film was changed S Durga as per the recommendations of the CBFC, the government failed to clarify why was the film was taken off the IFFI’s list.The jury submitted its list to the ministry around September 21, but the line-up was made public recently, deleting the two films.While ‘S Durga’, earlier titled Sexy Durga, is a thriller, ‘Nude’ depicts the struggle of a woman working as a nude model in Mumbai. Former I&B minister Manish Tewari hit out at the government for interfering in the decisions of the IFFI jury.Tewari tweeted, “PREPOSTEROUS -that I&B Ministry got two Films dropped from #IFFI2017. Interference with Jury decisions a new LOW. When Ministry tasked with defending Freedom of Speech & Expression becomes it’s SLAYER it is time for the creative community to revolt against this CRUDE censorship.”

Reel row in Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan is embroiled in a major controversy surrounding the film Padmavati. Each days sees new players joining the protest. The film is being opposed from streets to courtrooms. But stop pause; is this the first time that a film has been opposed in Rajasthan? Is this the first time that emotions are running high ? Definitely not. In the last decade or so, there has been more than one film that has invoked ire among the populace.Most prominent has been Jodha Akbar, Gulal and Zubeida. And incidentally, all were based on the historical and contemporary backdrop of Rajasthan, just like Padmavati. Jodha Akbar never saw the screens of Rajasthan. Tension had escalated over Gulal but the absence of big stars and a lacklusture performance on the box office served to blow over controversies.Objection to Zubeida did not escalate to a full blown protest. But the main reasons for Zubeida and Gulal managing to scrape through and get released was that the characters were declared to be fictitious; even as everyone could recognize who they were based on. Padmavati is facing vehement protest as it, just like Jodha Akbar, openly claims to be based on the life of historical characters.CONTROVERSY BUT NOT RELATED TO RAJASTHANControversy has also been related to several other movies that were shot in Rajasthan; but the controversy was not related to the films per se. Hum Saath Saath Hain, the Sooraj Badjatya multistarrer may have been a disaster at the box office; but the stars including Salman Khan have to still appear in court for the deer and blackbuck hunting cases. Amir Khan film shot in Mandawa of Jhunjhunu was in the throes of violent opposition as it questioned the very existence of God.HOLLY OR BOLLY RAJ IS FAV SHOOT SPOTJames Bond’s Octopussy was shot in Udaipur, Kate Winslet’s Holy Smoke was shot in Pushkar and the 2012 British comedy-drama film “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was shot in Kishangarh and around Jaipur.NOT A MOOT POINTWhile Amir’s Mandawa shot film ran into hot waters; Salman’s outing at the same place went on to break records. The film in question is Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Even the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Paheli made on the famous Vijay Dan Detha’s story where a ghost establishes relations with the bahu of a rich family. Seeped in Rajasthani ethos, the film had every element that could rake up a massive outburst, but surprisingly, the Oscar finalist faced no furor back home. Salman starrer Veer, JP Dutta’s multistarrer Border and the earlier Ghulami – that was on caste conflict – were widely appreciated.FILMS GALORESuper hits like Reshma aur Shera, Ghulam, Dharam kanta, Mera ganon mera desh, Lamhe, Rajput, Shuddh Desi Romance Aaj ka Arjun and Bol Bachchan have been shot in Rajasthan. The scenic locales abnd the architectural beauty have been showcased to the hilt. Rajasthan continues to be the hot favourite as Kangana Ranaut’s epic Manikarna is also being shot in Rajasthan as is Sanjay Dutt-starrer Saheb Biwi and Gangster 3.

Watch: We will form high-powered committee to see Padmavati, says Raj HM Kataria

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan government will form a high powered committee to see the film Padmavati. If the film contains scenes that hurt public sentiment then it will tell Bhansali to remove those scenes before release.This was stated by home minister Gulab Chand Kataria at a public function in Jhunjhunu on Thursday. “In case there are any scenes that hurt the sentiments of the public, they will be removed only then will the film be released,” he said. “We will speak to Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the issue. The dignity of Padmini will not be put at stake under any circumstances,” said Kataria. The home minister however, clearly said that there would not be a ban on the film in the state. The home minister was in Jhunjhunu for a programme to honour widows of martyrs.Part 1Part 2The sentiment seems to be quite similar among other ministers of the Rajasthan government Panchayat Raj and Rural Development minister Rajendra Rathore said in Jaipur, “No film can be allowed to hurt public sentiments.” “Tampering with history in the name of entertainment will not be permitted at any cost.” said Rathore . Minister of state for education Vasudev Devnani tol DNA, “Padmini represents the pride of Rajasthan. No film, novel or television serial will be allowed to hurt public sentiment and tamper with history.” Controversy related to the film is escalating with passing day. Meanwhile Bajrang Dal has planned a protest against the film in Jaipur on Friday.

Rajput Sabha writes to PM, demands ban over Padmavati release

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Deepika starrer Padmavati seems to be getting more and more embroiled in controversy with every passing day. A wide range of sections are joining the opposition to the film based on the life of the valiant queen of Chittorgarh.Shri Rajput Sabha, the supreme body of the Rajputs has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded a complete ban on the release of the film Padmavati. Copies of the letter, written by the president of the body, Giriraj Singh Lotawala, have also been sent to Amit Shah, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. The letter says that the film hurts the sentiments of the Rajput community also expressed anguish that Smriti Irani has supported the film.In another development the erstwhile queen-mother of the Jaipur royal family Padmini Devi on Wednesday came out publicly against the film. Sharing the stage with the national president of the Rajput Karni Sena Mahendra Singh Makrana, Padmini Devi accused Bhansali of not honouring the agreement he had made with them, “Bhansali has backed out of his commitment. When he started with the shooting of Padmavati he had agreed to screen the film before us.” “He had also consented that the screening would be before the launch of any song or trailer of the film. He has not honoured his commitment,” added Padmini Devi.BJP MLA and member of the Jaipur royal family Diya Kumari also came out publicly along with her mother Padmini Devi and said, “Maharani Padmavati of Chittor who committed jauhar with thousands of women is a testimony of extreme valour and courage that has rarely been witnessed in history.” She added that the entire country irrespective of caste or religion is proud of the history of Chittor. Any attempt to distort the history or twist the facts will be a collective insult to the women of this country.”National President, Karni Sena Mahipal Singh Makrana warned that the film would never be allowed to be released in Rajasthan if it has a dream sequence of Allauddin Khilji with Rani Padmavati.” He categorically stated that, “There should be no scene having Rani Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji together. We will consider permitting the release of the film only if Bhansali agress to make the changes in the film and most importantly screens it for us before the release,” said an emphatic Makrana.Youth members of the Rajput Karni Sena are visiting cinema halls and asking cinema hall owners not to screen the film. They have also said owners would be responsible for the consequences. This has caused panic among the distributors who are considering pulling back from picking up the film that is scheduled to release on December 1.The prospects of Padmavati look gloomy in Rajasthan, and it could follow the fate of Jodha Akbar, unless Bhansali agrees to keep up the promises he made in Rajasthan.WARNINGYouth members of the Rajput Karni Sena are visiting cinema halls and asking cinema hall owners not to screen the film.
They have also said owners would be responsible for the consequences. This has caused panic among the distributors.

Jaipur royal and BJP MLA Diya Kumari issues dire warning to Padmavati team

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP MLA and member of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family Diya Kumari has warned that Padmavati would not be released if it does not depict history authentically and takes liberty with facts. Interestingly, Deepika had been hosted by erstwhile Jaipur royals while she was promoting Bajirao Mastani another Bhansali film that had attracted controversy for similar reasons; distorting history. In an official statement issued on Tuesday, the legislator said “No film should hurt the sentiments of a community by twisting historical facts. The director of the film Padmavati, Sanjay Leela Bhansali should not wrongly depict the story of Queen Padmavati of Chittor.”The Rajput and Brahmin organisations have been demanding that the film be released only after a panel of historians are shown the film. Adding her voice to the demand, the member of the erstwhile royal family also said that Bhansali should get the facts in the film verified by a forum of historians and then release it. Speaking on behalf of the community, Diya Kumari said the Rajputs will not allow any distortion of the valiant history of Rajasthan and sacrifice of its people in fighting barbarians.Interestingly Deepika Padukone, who portrays the character of Padmavati the valiant queen of Chittorgarh had visited the erstwhile Jaipur royal family in 2015 while doing the promotional rounds for her film Bajirao Mastani. She rode a royal buggy and had met three generations of the family. Incidentally Bajirao Mastani was also by Bhansali and had courted controversy. Padmavati is slated for a December 1 release.

Now, Brahmins oppose Padmavati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If opposition from the Rajputs and some sections of the Congress was not enough, the Brahmins too have launched an offensive against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film Padmawati. They have demanded that the Rajasthan government ban the film and ensure that it is not released.State president of the Sarv Brahmin mahasabha Suresh Mishra said Bhansali’s attempt to smear the image of the valiant queen for the commercial success of his film will not be accepted. In a statement issued by the organisation it was said that 16,000 women had laid down their lives to protect their honour and no attempt to misconstrue the history will be accepted.Speaking to DNA Mishra said: “One famous director of Bollywood has called me on behalf of Bhansali and asked us about our demands. I have categorically told him that the film must be shown to a 15-member panel of experts from the state. The panel should include subject experts from history. If they give a green signal that the film does not distort historical facts and has no imaginary love scenes between Allaudin Khilji and Rani Padmawati, only then will we take back our opposition.”He said, “We have given them time till November 15 to accede to our offer. Otherwise we will go ahead with our plans.” Elaborating on his future plans, Mishra said: “We will write to all cinema halls of the state; from multiplex to single screen and request them to not release the film. We will mobilise our district units and ask them to ensure that the film is not released.”When asked about the various organisations that were already protesting against the soon to be released film, Mishra said, “We will all the join forces to oppose distortion of the valour and dignity of Rajasthan.”

Does Sanjay Leela Bansali has guts to do films on other religion, will not tolerate anymore: Giriraj Singh on Padmavati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh has now weighed in on the raging Padmavati debate. Speaking to ANI, he said, ” Does Sanjay Bhansali or anyone else have guts to make films on other religions or comment upon them?”. He further said:Union Minister Uma Bharti on Friday said the film ‘Padmavati’ should not be attached with the Rajput community as it represents the pride of Indian woman, “I cannot remain neutral on the subject of Rani Padmavati. I request for not associating the film ‘Padmavati’ with the Rajput community instead with the pride of Indian woman,” the Union Minister tweeted. She added that prior to the release of the film, historians, filmmakers and the censor board together should form a committee and then come up with a decision.The BJP had earl earlier approached the Election Commission seeking its intervention to stop the release of Bollywood film “Padmavati” without a pre-release screening by the Kshatriya community, saying “distortion of facts” in the movie will hurt their sentiments.Earlier, Shankersinh Vaghela, an influential Kshatriya leader and former chief minister of the state, had made an identical demanded, and warned that if it was released without the community’s approval, there could be violence. Gujarat BJP spokesperson I K Jadeja said the party had received several representations from the Kshatriya community about “distortion of historical facts” in the film.
ALSO READ Ranveer Singh, Shah Rukh Khan, Alia Bhatt attend Deepika Padukone’s ‘Padmavati’ party”The Election Commission should arrange for pre-release screening of the movie for select Kshatriya representatives to provide them a fair opportunity to prevent unnecessary tension ahead of Gujarat polls,” Jadeja told reporters, adding a representation has been made to the poll panel to not allow the release of the film before that. “The BJP also condemns the heinous attempt to link queen Padmavati of the Rajput (Kshatriya) community — the contribution of which in the history of this country has been immense — with Alauddin Khilji in the film,” he said. Padmavati and Khilji had never met in real life, the BJP leader said. He said, in a representation to the Election Commission, the party has opposed its release as it will hurt the sentiments of the community members.Polling will be held in Gujarat in two phases on December 9 and 14, while the film, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, is slated to release on December 1.
ALSO READ Padmavati | Overwhelmed with the response, Deepika Padukone to host pre-release bashThe opposition Congress said the ruling party was doing politics and trying to turn the film into a poll issue. “Now that the elections are round the corner, you are writing to the EC asking it not to allow release of the movie. This is an attempt by the BJP to make it a poll issue,” Congress spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil said. Rajasthan-based Rajput community group Karni Sena had opposed the film, alleging distortion of history, and vandalised its sets. Bhansali was attacked by the members of the outfit while shooting in Rajasthan.With agency inputs

Protest erupts in Chittorgarh against flick Padmavati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The parapets of the Chittorgarh Fort that have been witness to the life of queen Padmawati aka Padmini today saw the protest organised against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmawati.The protest was led by Rajput Karni Sena and Rajput community and was joined by the local unit of Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal along with local Muslim organisations. Rajput women too took part in the protest in Chittorgarh, the city whose history is depicted in the film Padmawati. Local trader bodies also supported the protest by Rajputs and businesses in the city were shut down for two hours.The protesters led by the founder patron of the Rajput Karni Sena, Lokendra Singh Kalvi, burnt the effigy of Bhansali and gave a memorandum to the Collector demanding that the film not be released. The women in traditional Rajput attires were raising slogans against Bhansali.“We demand a ban on the release of the film. We do not trust Bhansali and he has not honoured the agreement he made with us. Our agreement had 4 points;Screening of film at pre-sensor board stage to our panel of historians
No pre-release activity without taking us in confidence
No dream love sequence between Khilji and Padmawati
No commercial cashing in on the personal love life of Deepika and Ranveer Singh who play Khilji and Padmawati by distorting history and dignity of Padmawati. Bhansali has gone back on his word. We do not want any compromise. We demand a ban. Nothing less,” said Kalvi.Padmawati is based on the life of the valiant queen of Chittorgarh. Tales of her beauty mesmerised Allaudin Khilji and he expressed the desire to see her. Cutting the tale short what ensued was a battle, and when Padmawati got the news of the defeat and death of her husband, she along with thousands of women committed jauhar inside the Chittorgarh Fort. All Khilji found when he reached there were her ashes.The Rajputs are unhappy ever since they came across an interview of Ranveer Singh where he spoke about a dream love sequence between Khilji and Padmawati. Earlier this year, members of the organisation had manhandled Bhansali while he was shooting in Jaipur. They had reached an agreement with Bhansali productions about Padmawati not being projected contrary her dignity.Incidentally, Rajput Karni Sena is the same organisation that had opposed Ashutosh Gowarikar’s film Jodha Akbar. The protests had turned so widespread that no cinema hall agreed to release the film and ultimately Jodha Akbar was not released in Rajasthan. Rajput Karni Sena wants to repeat the feat with Padmawati.

Rajput Karni Sena leads protest against Padmavti, burn Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s effigy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Led by Rajput Karni Sena, several groups protested against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati on the parapets of Chittorgarh fort.The protest was led by Rajput Karni Sena and Rajput community and was joined by the local unit of Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal along with local Muslim organisations. Rajput women too took part in the protest at Chittorgarh, the city whose history is depicted in the film Padmavati. Local trader bodies also supported the protest by Rajputs and business in the city was shut down for two hours.The women in traditional Rajput attire raised slogans against Bhansali. The protestors led by the founder patron of the Rajput Karni Sena, Lokendra Singh Kalvi burnt the effigy of Bhansali and gave a memorandum to the collector demanding that the film not be released.“We demand a ban on the release of the film. We do not trust Bhansali and he has not honoured the agreement he made with us. Our agreement had 4 points;1) Screening of film at pre-sensor board stage to our panel of historians2) No pre-release activity without taking us in confidence3) No dream love sequence between Khilji and Padmavati4) No commercial cashing on the personal love life of Deepika and Ranveer Singh who play Khilji and Padmavati, by distorting history and dignity of Padmavati. Bhansali has gone back on his word. We do not want any compromise. We demand a ban. Nothing less,” said Kalvi. Padmavati is reportedly based on the life of the valiant queen of Chittorgarh. The Rajputs are unhappy ever since they came across an interview of Ranveer Singh where he spoke about a dream love sequence between Khilji and Padmavati. Earlier this year members of the organisation had manhandled Bhansali, while he was shooting at Jaipur. They had reached an agreement with Bhansali productions about Padmavati not being projected contrary her dignity.Incidentally Rajput Karni Sena is the same organisation that had opposed Ashutosh Gowarikar’s film Jodha Akbar. The protests had turned so widespread that no cinema hall agreed to release the film and ultimately Jodha Akbar was not released in Rajasthan. Rajput Karni Sena wants to repeat the feat with Padmavati.

Stop release of Padmavati, BJP leaders to CEC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Alleging that the movie ‘Padmavati’ distorts history, Kshatriya community leaders belonging to BJP have written to the Chief Election Commissioner demanding that the film’s release be put on hold ahead of the Gujarat elections.BJP vice-president IK Jadeja said that they have received representations from Kshatriya community in 17-18 districts of Gujarat expressing concern about distortion of history in the movie starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.”There are reports that makers of the film have distorted history. Rani Padmavati is presented in poor light. Our demand is that the film should not be allowed to release.The Censor Board should review it again, and allow it to be released only with appropriate certification. This is important so that no community is offended, and unnecessary controversies are avoided before elections,” Jadeja said.Jadeja, along with other BJP leaders such as Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Pradipsinh Jadeja, Jaydrathsinh Parmar, and Balvantsinh Rajput, who too belong to Kshatriya community, had met and decided to represent to the CEC about the movie.The BJP leader accused Padmavati director and producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali of generating controversies for publicity of his movies.The movie has led to angry protests at several places, most notably Rajasthan, from where Rani Padmavati hailed. Members of a Kshatriya outfit had stopped the movie’s shooting a few months ago, slapped Bhansali, and even vandalised the film’s sets. More recently, a rangoli depicting Deepika Padukone as Padmavati was destroyed in a mall in Surat. The movie is slated to be released on December 1, while Gujarat goes to polls on December 9 and 14.

The Tamil film that sparked a Twitter war

Mersal, which rails against steep taxes and poor healthcare, raises the hackles of the ruling BJP.

Mersal row: Producers extend an olive branch, say they will delete scenes that have caused ‘misunderstanding’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Facing flak from the Tamil Nadu BJP over dialogues allegedly flaying the GST in “Mersal”, the film production house today said that if needed, it would delete scenes that have caused “misunderstanding”.It also said that the BJP’s opposition to some dialogues in “Mersal” was “just” from its own perspective.Giving indication that a truce had been reached between the production house and the state BJP, the producers claimed that BJP leaders have accepted their explanation.References to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the just-released Vijay-starrer film had not gone down well with the BJP.Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan and the party’s national secretary H Raja strongly opposed it, claiming that some dialogues were “highly inappropriate”.Earlier in the day, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi hit out at the BJP, asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to “interfere” and saying that cinema was a “deep expression” of Tamil culture.Sri Thenandal Films head Murali Ramaswamy said, “From their perspective, their opposition is just. If opinions (expressed in the movie) that may lead to misunderstanding need to be removed, we are ready for that too.” The BJP leaders have appreciated “our honest approach to meet them in person, we thank them all”, the film’s producer said after a meeting with state BJP leaders, including Soundararajan, here.”We explained the movie’s objective, our stand and that this movie has not been produced with an intention to hurt anyone and they have generously accepted it,” he said.”Mersal” (a colloquial Tamil word, the meaning of which is getting stunned) is not against anyone, Ramaswamy said in a statement.”It is not a film that expresses opinions against the government either. Even an ordinary person should get access to proper medical amenities and this is the story line of the movie,” the production house head said.However, he did not elaborate whether the BJP leaders insisted on removing views they found “objectionable” or whether the producers will effect the cuts or not.Even before the movie was released there were some “controversies”, which were “set right”, he said, adding “it is anguishing that the film has courted several controversies within a few days of its release”.Noting that “Mersal” was the company’s 100th production, Ramaswamy said that the entire team worked hard for a year to make the film and it was screened after overcoming several hurdles.”… There is an investment of many crores of rupees and the labour of thousands of workers,” he said.The goal of the firm is to produce movies of good entertainment value. “If anyone was hurt because of our production, I consider it as my own regret”, the producer said, adding that the film was running successfully.Sri Thenandal Films is a well-known film production house in Tamil Nadu.Meanwhile, in a statement, the Tamil Film Producers Council and South Indian Artistes’ Association opposed cuts as the movie had already been censored.They claimed that it went against the right to freedom of expression and will set a bad precedent.

What do filmmakers know about economics: BJP angry with GST reference in Vijay’s Mersal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP state unit president Tamilisai Sounderrajan said that “incorrect references on GST” had been made in Vijay starrer ‘Mersal’, which released yesterday for Diwali.”Incorrect references have been made in ‘Mersal’ about GST (Goods and Service Tax)… celebrities should desist from registering wrong information among people,” she said.Fans of the top actor should not support such incorrect references, she told reporters here and favoured removal of the dialogue referring to the central taxation, rolled out in July this year.”What do they (the filmmakers) know about GST and its economics… such incorrect references should be removed from the film,” she added.She said Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced no corruption charges and was working round the clock for people’s welfare.Big budget ‘Mersal’ stars top star Vijay in three roles and was released yesterday coinciding with Diwali festival.Atlee has directed the film, his second venture with Vijay after their earlier hit ‘Theri’.Oscar winner A R Rahman has scored the music for the movie.Meanwhile, PMK questioned BJP on the issue, saying the film had been certified by the Censor Board, constituted by the Central government.PMK Youth Wing leader and Lok Sabha MP Anbumani Ramadoss said that the reference to GST in the film was made in the context of providing free medical care.He said it would be fair if demands for removing a scene could be made if it hurt the sentiments of someone and wondered what was wrong in someone proposing free medical treatment in the backdrop of “high taxation.” Since the Censor board constituted by the Central government had cleared the film’s release, “it is not proper to criticise it,” he said in a statement.Instead of focusing on such issues, Sounderrajan could highlight more “pressing issues” concerning Tamil Nadu like the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board and get it done with Centre so as to address the “lifeline” problem of five crore people in the state, Ramadoss suggested.

‘Vaadi-e-Kashmir’ released by Home Minister Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Vaadi-e-Kashmir”, a short film on Kashmir, a CSR initiative of KENT RO, was dedicated to Kashmir on behalf of the nation by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Rajya Sabha MP Hema Malini along with Kent RO Chairman Mahesh Gupta.The short film has been created by Law & Kenneth Saatchi & Saatchi.While dedicating this film to the nation, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “Kashmiris are an important part of the development of this nation. We wish to ensure a promising future for the people of Jammu & Kashmir”.The film endeavours to knit the people of Kashmir with the rest of the country in an open hearted, warm and compassionate message of togetherness. It is a joyful celebration of a diverse country that we inhabit, Kashmir included! The film splendidly appreciates the mesmerising beauty of the valley of Kashmir and its people. Commenting on the film, Mahesh Gupta, Chairman, KENT RO, said, “The film celebrates the beauty of Kashmir and its people, and celebrates the love and togetherness that we share as a nation. The vision of this short 6 minutes film is to ‘make our brothers and sisters in Kashmir feel that the rest of the country stands with them’ and also open many more doors to bring us closer to each other. It’s a simple film which carries a message of oneness, with purity of heart and intent. Just like what KENT RO stands for, purity. It is simple. It is not driven by any political or religious agenda. Instead it is driven by humanity and the sense of family & togetherness. India is a one big diverse family and Kashmir is an integral part of our lives. And we need to celebrate it.”Hema Malini is the curator of this film, working closely with Gupta, Kenneth and the team to ensure this message is captured and shared with the nation. Sharing her thoughts on this initiative she adds “Ye film mere ek bhartiye hone ke naate… hamare pyare Kashmir se judne… aur hamare Kashmiri bhaiyo behonon ke dil ko chhoone ka ek prayas hai…”“As an Indian, this film is my attempt to reach out to Kashmir and touch the hearts of our brothers and sisters in the Valley.”The six-minute short film, directed by the legendary film maker Pradeep Sarkar, is a scintillating way to build a bridge of hearts, between Kashmir and the rest of the country. Shot over a period of 2 weeks in Kashmir, Pradeep Sarkar has brought alive this “Paradise on Earth.”Narrating his experience of shooting this film, Pradeep Sarkar says: “Falling in love at the age of 62 years is possible… it happened to me when I went and met Kashmir! Though it was my first trip to Kashmir, it seemed like I knew the place… the warm and friendly people just make you feel at home instantly. In this film I tried to capture her beauty… but I want to go back to capture her beauty unawares – and also to know her a little better… Believe it, we all need to know her a little better!The film starts with an introduction by Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan. His powerful presence and message is enough to keep you hooked to the film. Shot in the backdrop of beautiful valley of Kashmir with its stunning mountains, greenery and shikara, the video is uniquely fascinating while the youth of the country proudly showcase the love and bond. Furthermore, the outstandingly captivating song sung by Shankar Mahadevan and composed by Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy with lyrics written by Gulzaar, lifts the film and the message to a whole new level.

Bengali thriller first to be dubbed into Nepalese

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The latest Prosenjit Chatterjee-starrer adventure film ‘Yeti Obhijaan’ will become the first Bengali film to be dubbed into Nepalese. Based on Sunil Gangopadhyay’s novel Pahar Churoy Aatonko (Terror on the Mountain Peak), the film is about how Kakababu, a fictional adventurer, solves the mystery behind the existence of the yeti, popularly known as the Abominable Snowman.Mahendra Soni, co-founder and director of SVF Entertainment, which has produced the film, told DNA that the film involved so many Nepalese that they decided to dub it in that language as well. “Recently officials of Gopi Krisha Movies contacted us and expressed their interest in dubbing the film in Nepalese. It will be the first Bengali film to be dubbed in Nepalese,” he said.With a release deadline of September 22, the team is working overtime to meet deadlines. “The translation has been done. Voices will be of Nepalese artists. In Nepalese, the film will only be called Yeti. Posters havealready been readied,” Soni added.A team including the lead cast and crew of the film will visit Nepal as well for a meet and greet. Officials of the Nepal Consulate in Kolkata said they were looking forward to the Nepalese version of the movie. “We are happy and looking forward to the invitation. Going by the last ‘Kakababu’ film by the same cast and production company, I am sure it will be a pleasure watching this one,” said Niladri Thapa, PRO, at the Nepal Consulate in Kolkata.After the success of the last episode of Kakababu films, ‘Mishawr Rawhoshyo’, this one was to be released in 3D as well, but the plan was scrapped at the last moment. “We had to drop the idea as there were not enough theatres that have 3D affects as well as 2D business,” Soni said.Directed by Srijit Mukherjee, the film has been extensively shot in Switzerland at an altitude of 12,000 feet in the Alps.

Siddharth Roy Kapur pleased with the High court for their fair verdict!

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Siddharth Roy Kapur is thankful to the court for passing a fair judgment on the ongoing strike of the Federation of Western India Cine Employees. The ongoing strike by the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), also known as the film industry workers? union which was against the Film and Television Producers Guild of India had impeded the production work of the same. The Film and Television Producers Guild of India had decided to seek help from the High Court for the problems they were facing. The court passed a fair judgment in favour of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India and declared that the members of Federation of Western India Cine Employees must refrain from threatening member or non- member of its association from voluntarily working with the producers. The Film and Television Producers Guild of India had procured an interim order from the court which prevents the FWICE, and its members, from threatening member or non- member of its association from voluntarily working with the producers. Siddharth Roy Kapur, president of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India shared, ?We are pleased with this fair verdict. It is unfortunate, but unavoidable, that we have had to exercise our legal options to ensure the safety and security of those film and television workers who are gladly willing to continue working with us, despite the arbitrary strike call given by the FWICE.? The workers? union had decided to protest against the producers? association by calling for an indefinite strike on August 9; citing that the IFTPC had backtracked on its previous promise of a wage hike. Siddharth Roy Kapur further added the decision of some members of the Federation of Western India Cine Employee should not stop those who are willing to work with producers, he said, ?There should be complete freedom between producers and workers to decide on commercial terms, one that suits both parties. We should focus on facilitating a healthy and safe environment for our employees rather than impose arbitrary decisions which hamper the well being of the industry, and ultimately impact the workers that we are supposed to protect.? The decision has come as a relief for both, the IFTPC and those workers, who are employed on the set on daily wages.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Indu Sarkar’ will hurt sentiments of Congressmen, this is what PM wants: Veerappa Moily

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’Indu Sarkar’, a film on Emergency to be released on Friday, will hurt sentiments of many Congressmen and that is what the “present prime minister wants”, veteran Congress leader M Veerappa Moily said today.Indu Sarkar, based on the 1975-77 Emergency period, has evoked strong criticism and protest from the Congress party.The Congress’ apprehensions are over the portrayal of its veterans like Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi and other senior leaders of the party in the film.Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, however, had said he would include a disclaimer in ‘Indu Sarkar’, stating that the film is mostly fictional.Moily said the upcoming film will hurt sentiments of Congressmen.”It hurts the sentiments of many of the Congressmen and that is what the present prime minister wants. Ultimately, it will (hurt) him (Narendra Modi).”All these ruinous activities help in exit of BJP. More and more they do it, more the exit door will be opened for BJP,” he said.The film, featuring Kirti Kulhari in lead, has also run into trouble with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which has demanded 14 cuts in the movie.Bhandarkar has been given a security cover by the Maharashtra government in the wake of several protests against the film.The former Union minister Moily further said a perception is being created that the Congress is not providing a strong opposition to the BJP.”There is no exit door in politics. There is no exit door for Congress but there is always for BJP,” said the strongman from Karnataka.He claimed that Congress will again form the government in Karnataka under the leadership of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.The assembly election in the state is scheduled to take place next year.

Bhandarkar fears Cong’s ire, cancels film’s promotional event

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fearing Congressmen’s wrath during a promotional event of his film ‘Indu Sarkar’ here, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar today cancelled the function and tweeted to party vice president Rahul Gandhi to ask him if he approves “this hooliganism.” Bhandarkar cancelled the event after the Congress workers gathered at his proposed press meet venue to lodge their protest against the alleged defamatory content of the movie. Congress has objected to the film, saying that it may have portrayed Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi in a bad light. Bhandarkar had to face Congressmen’s ire in Pune too yesterday after which he had to cancel the promotional events there. A senior police official told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress workers stage protest over ‘Indu Sarkar’ in Pune

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress workers today staged a protest over the upcoming film “Indu Sarkar” outside a hotel in Pune where filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar had checked in. Bhandarkar, who has directed the film which has the Emergency imposed by the Indira Gandhi government in 1975 as its backdrop, later tweeted: “Congress workers hv barged in the Hotel lobby & created ruckus, me and team are stranded like hostages in hotel room. Pune activity cancelled.” The Congress has objected to the film, saying that it may have portrayed Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi in bad light. “Its baffling to see self-proclaimed custodians of #freedomofExpression creating huge ruckus to prevent a legitimate release of #InduSarkar,” Bhandarkar tweeted. Police detained city Congress chief Ramesh Bagwe and some other workers from outside the hotel. A Congress worker said they only wanted to meet Bhandarkar and express their displeasure over the film. They had received information that Bhandarkar was supposed to address a press conference at Suryadatta Institute, however, by the time they reached there he had cancelled the press meet, the worker said. “We then went to his hotel near the railway station, but he was not willing to meet us. Police reached the spot and detained us saying we had no permission to hold protest,” he said. A statement issued by the city Congress later said its workers “scuttled” Bhandarkar’s scheduled press conference. Bagwe said Congress won’t allow screening of the film in the city if it contains anything objectionable about Indira Gandhi. While some Congress leaders had earlier demanded a pre-release show of the film, Bhandarkar had said he won’t screen the film for any political party.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Now, Salagto Saval Anamat director seeks PM’s help over non-release

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A few days after filmmaker of Power of Patidar wrote to the Prime Minister seeking his intervention over Censor Board’s rejection to the film’s release, director of Gujarati movie Salagto Saval Anamat has followed suit. In his letter to Narendra Modi on July 8, director Rajesh Gohil stated, “Under the banner of Vyas Film Production (VFP), we made Salagto Saval Anamat at an expanse of over Rs 50 lakh. I have written and directed the film to convey the message on the ongoing reservation stir in Gujarat by the Patidar community. However, the Censor Board has not approved its release.”The film was slated for release on June 14, 2016. Gohil wrote, “We have incurred losses of over Rs 50 lakh. I am under pressure from those who financed the film for the recovery of losses. I was recently even assaulted by some persons.”Saying that he is being pressurised for then early release of the film, Gohil requested the PM, “Either you or your representative should watch the film and try to get a censor clearance. It does not have any dialogue or violent scene which can hurt the sentiments of any community.”A copy of the letter which was also sent to Pahlaj Nihalani, chairman, Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), stated, “Though it is based on the agitation carried out by the Patidars in Gujarat from 2015, it is not based on the life of PAAS convenor Hardik Patel.”Gohil said though he had made several representations for the release of the film, he was told that it violated the guidelines of the Cinematographic Act, 1992.The director of the Gujarati movies warned in the letter that if the film is not provided a censor clearance, the responsibility of mental and physical turmoil caused to him and his family would lie with the Censor Board authorities. DNA’s mail to the censor board in this regard remain unanswered till the time of going to Press. It is to be noted that Deepak Soni, filmmaker of ‘Power of Patidar’ had written to the PM on July 5 saying they have incurred huge losses due to non-release of the film which portrays the reservation stir by Patidar community.

Former TMC leader makes movie on Left, Oppn smells comeback plan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sidelined Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and former President of TMCP, the students’ wing of TMC, Shankudeb Panda has turned film director with his debut film on the Left regime.Titled Comrade… Bengal’s Red Past, the film is based on the Left Front’s rule on West Bengal for 34 years, and focuses on the Singur-Nandigram episode which marked the end of the Left rule in the state.Panda, one of the accused in the Narada sting operation, was kept away from party activities after he was found in the Narada tapes, in March 2016. But after his oust, Panda, who was known for his proximity to CM Mamata Banerjee, went into oblivion for some time and has now resurfaced.He said the film was released in London on July 8, and it drew a lot of accolades. “Curiosity would be the USP of the film before its release here,” he added.Panda, however, did not want to respond to what his position was in the party, post the Narada issue. “I am not going to reply to any question over a subjudice matter,” he said.The film will release in India on July 21, which is also observed as Martyrs’ Day by the TMC. The party has planned a gathering at Esplanade in central Kolkata in the memory of the 13 people who were shot dead on this day in 1993, when police opened fire on a rally of the Youth Congress, demanding voters’ ID to be made a mandatory document for voting.”The day of the release will have no morning or noon show. It will kick off with an evening show around 4 pm to avoid it from clashing with the party’s programme in the afternoon where the CM will be the main speaker,” Panda added. He also said that there was not much of a trouble with the Censor Board for getting a certification for the film.”In the initial talks we have been suggested some cuts, which we are okay with,” he said.Left leaders said that it was an attempt of the tainted leader to return to politics. “We know the character and activities of Panda. He had been made the TMCP President and later the party General Secretary before being thrown out of the party. If he is making a film on the Left regime and wants to release it on July 21, it is obvious that he will want to malign the Left Front to please Mamata and make a comeback into the party,” said senior CPIM leader Rabin Deb, talking to DNA.Tollywood actor Kharaj Mukherjee plays the lead role in the film along with Mainak Banerjee, Ena Saha, Bhaswar Chatterjee, Moubani Sorcar and Anindya Sarkar. The film has been shot at several locations in north and south Bengal including Garhbeta, Singur and Kolkata.

Woman claiming to be Sanjay Gandhi’s daughter slams new film

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman, claiming to be the secret daughter of Sanjay Gandhi, today alleged that the upcoming movie ‘Indu Sarkar’ portrays the late Congress leader and his mother and former prime minister Indira Gandhi in bad light. Priya Singh Paul, who has moved the Tis Hazari Court here alleging that her adoption papers were “forged”, told a press conference that a “misrepresentation” in the film prompted her to “break her silence”. Paul, who claimed she is aged 48, last month had said she has moved the Central Board of Film Certification(CBFC) against clearing the film. Sanjay Gandhi, the younger son of Indira Gandhi, died in an air crash in 1980. “The filmmakers have admitted that the film is 30 per cent facts and 70 per cent fiction. But these so-called facts lead to a fiction. This has been cleverly done to influence a reasonable viewer to make an obvious connect,” she said. Paul said she was “not hankering for media attention” and decided to come out as a wrong impression was being created about her “father”. One Goswami Sushil-ji Maharaj, who claims to have been a “friend” of Sanjay Gandhi, has filed an affidavit in the court, claiming that he was “well aware” that Sanjay had a “girl child”, born before his marriage. Paul said she had been adopted as a baby and claimed she was told about Sanjay Gandhi being her biological father after she grew up. ‘Indu Sarkar’, which is set against the backdrop of Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in 1975, has courted trouble in the recent weeks with Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam demanding that it be separately screened for him. However, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, the director of the movie, has turned down Nirupam’s request, saying he will not hold any separate screening for the Congress or any other political party. Indu Sarkar is due to be released on July 28. “Some people sent me legal notices, saying they are allegedly Sanjay Gandhi’s daughter, Jagdish Tytler wrote a letter that he wants his portrayal in very good faith. Mr Nirupam also wrote that he wants to see the film. “But, you never questioned a journalist writing articles on 40 years of Emergency, in which he mentions names, you never question an author who has dedicated books to emergency, or the tremendous amount of documentaries made about the era,” Bhandarkar had told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong leader asks Maha CM to intervene in "Indu Sarkar" row

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil today said the party workers may “hit the streets” if the upcoming Bollywood film “Indu Sarkar”, set in the Emergency period, is found to be maligning its leaders. “We have sought chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ intervention over the release of the film as there is talk that history has been distorted. The film is based on the lives of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Congress leader Sanjay Gandhi,” the Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly said here. “If our apprehension that history has been distorted is found to be true, it will hurt people’s sentiments. If an attempt has been made to malign the image of Congress leaders, party workers may hit the streets in protest,” he added. The CM should intervene to prevent untoward incidents and maintain law and order, Vikhe-Patil said. “Indu Sarkar”, directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, is slated to release on July 28. Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam had written to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) recently, expressing concern about portrayal Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi and other Congress leaders in the film. There should be a screening of the film for Congress leaders ahead of its release, Nirupam had demanded. Bhandarkar however refused to screen the film for anybody before the censor cleared it, and stated that it doesn’t talk about any individual leader but uses the Emergency — imposed by the Indira Gandhi-led government in 1975 — as the backdrop.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Power of Patidar producer seeks PM’s help in getting censor clearance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Almost a year after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) refused permission to release Gujarati movie ‘Power of Patidar’, its producer Deepak Soni has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention. In a letter to him on Wednesday, Soni, who had made the film based on the reservation stir in Gujarat, sought Modi’s help in getting a censor board clearance.“I had not made the movie with an intention to gain profit but its non-release has rather led to losses. I am not writing to you for a loan-waiver or any other profit but to help me in avoiding unnecessary losses in my business,” the letter stated.Soni, a resident of Surat, stated that under the banner of Kesar Bhawani Film Productions, they made ‘Power of Patidar’ with an aim to entertain the audience keeping the reservation stir in Gujarat in mind. It was finished in 2016 but its release stopped due to unknown reasons.“None of the castes has been insulted nor favoured in this film. Neither the objective of the movie was to harm or favour any political party. It has probably been stopped from release as the name of the main protagonist is Hardik,” the letter read.Soni said his lifelong savings and the money he had borrowed from his friends are on the line. If the film is not released, he said, it would be difficult for him to bear the expanses of his family and the debt burden.The producer also stated that if the board is worried that the movie could flare up public sentiments, several such films based on sensitive issued and incidents have been released in the past. “I have asked the home minister and the chief minister of Gujarat to watch Power of Patidar several times. I also invite you to watch the film and if you feel that it is apt that the movie should not release, I will burn its reel,” Soni concluded in the letter. Timeline:July 16, 2016: The production house receives refusal letter from Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).Soni appeals to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal.December 13, 2016: Tribunal upholds the Censor Board’s order. Soni approached the Gujarat High Court four months back. Though the CBFC officials had appeared before the court, those from the tribunal are yet to do so.The letter“You are the PM of the country and also a Gujarati, thus I expect help from you. Through you, I want to ask the Censor Board whether it would have curtailed the release if well-known actors like Shahrukh or Salman Khan had acted in it. Similarly, if the movie was based on the life of Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray or any other person of a strong repute and caliber had the Censor Board’s response been the same,” the letter remarked.

We demand roll back of local body tax: TN Theatre Owners Association on ?double taxation?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners and Distributors Association president Abhirami Ramanathan today said that this double taxation is making things hard for the Kollywood industry, adding, they expect a good decision by this evening. “When PM Modi stated that it’s one nation one tax we were happy. But local body tax has hit us severely. We have to pay 60 percent tax. How will production happen? We are unable to survive,? he said, on the third day of the theatre owners? indefinite strike. Adding, ?We presented our demand before the Chief Minister and other ministers. They have considered all our requests. We are expecting a good decision by evening. We demand roll back of local body tax and increase in ticket price. We, as industry, are speaking in one voice.? For the unversed, over and above the recently hiked Goods and Service Tax (GST), the Tamil Nadu government has imposed a 30 percent local body tax on the Kollywood industry, which means, a Rs 100 ticket will have 18 percent GST; and for tickets above Rs 100, the GST will go up to 28 percent, plus 30 percent as local taxes. As a result, nearly 1060 theatres across Tamil Nadu have shut down from July 3, to protest against the ?double taxation? imposed by the state government. Expressing his concern over the same, thalaiva Rajinikanth requested the state government to consider the plea to abolish local body tax. He took to Twitter to appeal, ?Keeping in mind the livelihood of Lakhs of people in the tamil film industry, I sincerely request the TN GOVT to seriously consider our plea.? Kamal Haasan, who too is miffed with ?double taxation?, released a statement comparing the current situation to other Southern states of India. An extract from the statement read, “Neighbouring states like Kerala have totally desisted from levying anymore state tax on Cinema over and above GST. The film industry requested the CM of Kerala Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan and he through his Finance minister quickly announced that Kerala will not be levying anymore taxes on the already beleaguered film business. Karnataka has gone even further to facilitate the well being of the film Industry. Telangana and Andhra are also doing their best for their film industries. It is only Tamil Nadu Govt. That has brought it to 30 percent. Film making in this State has been made difficult deliberately. There are further tortures and systemic corruption that the film Industry has to endure under this regime. All factions of the Industry are agitated. I am trying my best as any sensible individual of the industry to maintain solidarity and not play into the hands of any self serving and avaricious politician.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Film industry urges Naidu to reduce proposed GST to 18 pc

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Representatives of the film industry today urged Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu to reduce the proposed GST in film sector from 28 per cent to 18 per cent. They also asked Naidu, who holds the portfolio of information and broadcasting, to support the industry in increasing the number of screens in the country to boost revenue. The request was made during the consultation meet with stakeholders on the Cinematography Act here. Naidu said the decisions regarding GST rates are decided by the GST Council and assured that the demands of the film sector would be presented before the council. He said the government would provide all necessary support to the growth of the film industry in “all scope and ambit” to ensure its robust growth. He said that Indian films have international potential and are the most potent medium of spreading India’s culture globally. Naidu said the government is geared up to address all the challenges faced by the sector. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Information and Broadcasting Secretary Ajay Mittal, eminent figures of the film industry, representatives of film producers guild, among others, were present on the occasion.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Madras HC declines to suspend screening of ‘Baywatch’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court today declined to suspend the screening of Priyanka Chopra-starrer “Baywatch” as sought in a PIL which contended that the producers did not disclose that it was granted “A” certificate by the censor board. The court, however, directed Tamil Nadu Police to ensure that only adults are permitted to view it in theatres. The first bench comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar, before which the PIL from Vaikunth Kasturirangan came up, in its order said, “there are no cogent materials on the basis of which this court can definitely arrive at the conclusion that persons who are not adults are being allowed entry to the screening of the film.” Further, they said, “a blanket order suspending the screening of the film not only in this State, but all over India, as prayed for in the writ petition, prima facie appears to us to be motivated. We are not inclined to pass a blanket order suspending the screening of the film, when on the face of the averments in the writ petition; the film has been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).” “We direct the Commissioner of Police, Greater Chennai, and Tamil Nadu DGP, to ensure that persons who are not adults are not permitted entry to the screening of the film, if as contended by the petitioner the film has in fact been cleared with “A” certificate,’ the bench said. The petitioner prayed for a direction from the court to immediately suspend all forms of screening of the film, which released across India today. The petitioner further submitted that the producers had misled the public by suppressing the fact that it is certified as “A” rating by CBFC. It was alleged by the petitioner that advertisements released in newspapers yesterday had not indicated that the film was certified as “A”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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MAI demands withdrawal of govt order on movie ticket prices

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Multiplex Association of India (MAI)today urged the Karnataka government to withdraw its order capping movie ticket rates in all theatres in the state at Rs 200, calling it a “retrograde and unfair step against the interests” of film industry and people. “We urge the Karnataka government to withdraw its notification of putting a cap on ticket prices for all cinema theatres in the state at Rs 200 as we believe it is a retrograde and unfair step against the interests of film industry and people,” MAI President Deepak Asher said in a statement here. He also said MAI is evaluating options at its disposal to protect the interests of its members and other stakeholders. Citing reasons for withdrawal of notification, Asher said the move to cap ticket prices is extremely investor unfriendly and will stop the growth of new multiplexes in Karnataka. In addition, it would also lead to many existing multiplexes to consider shutting down because of financial inviability, he said. “The flexibility to decide ticket prices enable multiplexes to optimise occupancies and hence remain financially viable,” he added. Asher also argued that charging relatively higher prices for peak shows like evening shows on weekends, help multiplexes charge lower prices on non-peak shows, like morning shows on week-days. The order to exempt only 10 per cent of the total seats of the cinema having Insignia,Gold Class,VIP seats from the price cap, will deprive the people of Karnataka from watching a movie in comfortable and luxurious seats as multiplex operators will not invest in these type of seats going forward, he contended. “The two largest multiplex chains in India, which together account for around 50 per cent of multiplex screens in the country, have a combined net profit margin of less than 5 per cent, not even sufficient to provide any return on capital,” Asher claimed. In fact, most of the other multiplexes are barely able to meet their costs, he added. The Association President further stated that there was no rationale for controlling ticket prices of cinema theatres as the government does not control prices of other similar activities, like airlines, amusement centres, hotels and restaurants, among others. The Karnataka government has capped the price of film tickets at all theatres at Rs 200 and made it mandatory for multiplexes to screen Kannada and regional cinema during prime time. The notification also makes it mandatory for multiplexes to screen Kannada and regional cinema during the prime time (between 1.30 pm to 7.30 pm) at least on one screen. However, the maximum cap of Rs 200 does not include taxes.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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‘Baahubali 2’ caught in a row over actor’s comments 9 yrs ago

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A controversy over a ‘Baahubali’ actor’s alleged anti-Kannada comment nine years ago threatens to stall the release of the second edition of the epic fantasy film in Karnataka next week with fringe groups today insisting on an apology from him. The controversy had broken out after a video in which actor Sathyaraj made the alleged anti-Kannada comments in the context of the Cauvery river water row surfaced a fortnight back and went viral. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are locked in a dispute over sharing of Cauvery waters. Director S S Rajamouli sought to distance himself and his “Baahubali 2” team from the comments that have led to a protest in Karnataka against the film’s release. He said the filmmakers were in no way related to the remarks. He appealed to the activists of some Kannada fringe groups not to stall the release of the film. But the appeal failed to pacify the Kannada outfits, who have called for a “Bengaluru bandh” on April 28, the date of the release of the much-anticipated film, as they insisted on an apology by Sathyaraj, who plays a key character. “…We are not against the film or Rajamouli. Until Sathyaraj tenders unconditional apology, our protest will continue,” Vatal Nagaraj, who heads ‘Kannada Okoota’, an umbrella organisation of Kannada bodies, said, in response to Rajamouli’s appeal. “There will be a Bengaluru bandh on April 28 and also there will be protests across the state. We can’t accept anything else other than apology by Sathyaraj.” Sathyaraj, who plays the role of Kattappa in the multi- lingual drama, made the alleged anti-Kannada comments during the Cauvery River row between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka about nine years ago. Sathyaraj is from Tamil Nadu. Rajamouli said the team was unaware of the actor’s remarks till it saw a video on a social media site. “The producer and I want to clarify on the issue… The comments must have pained some of you but we don’t have any relation to it. Those were (his) personal comments and were made some nine years ago,” the director said in a video message on his official Twitter page. He also pointed out that many of Sathyaraj’s films have been released since then, including the 2015 film “Baahubali”. “The way you accepted and appreciated ‘Baahubali Part I’, I request you to do the same for ‘Part II’… Sathyaraj is neither the director nor the producer of this movie. He is one of the many artistes associated with this film. “If you stall the release of the film, it may not affect him (Sathyaraj) that much. But it is not right to show your anger on this film for the comments made by him,” he said. The director said Sathyaraj has been “updated about the situation” but beyond that the team could not do much. “I request you not to involve us in this matter as it is nowhere connected to us. We want your affection to continue,” he said. The film’s producer, Shobu Yarlagadda, had also expressed the hope that the issue would be resolved amicably. “This is a very sensitive issue, and I don’t want to comment much on it. The only thing I want to say is – we will resolve the issue amicably in the interest of all concerned,” he had said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC dismisses plea to quash MSG-2’s certificate for screening

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today dismissed an appeal seeking quashing of the certificate for public exhibition of “MSG-2- The Messenger”, saying the film does not have the propensity of inculcating hatred. The law court observed that the issue should be judged from the perception of a reasonable prudent man and not that of a sensitive person. A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath said there was no justifiable reason to interfere with the order of the single judge who had also refused to ban the screening of film by Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on the ground that it depicts ‘Adivasis’ as anti- nationals. “Moreover, the movie was released on September 18, 2015 and it is not a case of the appellant that any incident of violence or atrocity has been reported from any corner. The law is well settled that the test is not of a sensitive person, but it has to be judged from the perception of a reasonable prudent man. “In our considered opinion, no reasonable prudent man will perceive the movie in the way in which the appellant sought to project,” the bench said. The bench, which also viewed the movie, observed that at the outset the film contains a disclaimer that “none of the character therein is based on any living or dead person and the resemblance if any is unintentional”. “We have also observed that it does not make out a case to hold that the certificate issued by the Central Board of Film Certification is in violation of the guidelines. As rightly held by the single judge, the film cannot be said to have the propensity of inculcating hatred, ill-will and violence towards a person or group of persons. “It also appears to us that the film to the average viewers’ understanding does not depict the life as such, but on the other hand, it is a pure work of fiction,” it said. The court passed the order on the appeal by Prem Mardi, who had filed the earlier petition, and who had contended that the single-judge’s decision was bad in law. The single-judge bench had said that the reference in the film to “Adivasis” is not found to be relatable in any manner to Scheduled Tribes.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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India, Ukraine to strengthen bilateral cooperation through cinema

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India and Ukraine have agreed to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the two countries through the medium of cinema. The cooperation would be worked out through a policy and institutional framework to showcase films through the medium of film festivals and utilizing the film facilitation office platform established by India. The screening of films with subtitles was also discussed in order to reach out to people. These issues were discussed during the meeting between Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Ukrainian delegation led by Iurii Artemenko, Member of the Parliament of Ukraine and Chairman of the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine today in New Delhi. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore and Secretary Inormation and Broadcasting were also present during the discussions. Naidu said his ministry would extend all possible support to promote exchange programs between public broadcasters of the two countries, content creation, screening and distribution of films. The possibility of translating programs and content and providing subtitles in respective languages of both the countries was also discussed with respect to the Public Broadcasters of both the countries. Naidu also apprised the delegation about the film facilitation office recently setup in the ministry to facilitate single window clearance for film makers. The FFO Act as a facilitation point for film producers and assist them in obtaining requisite permissions, disseminate information on shooting locales as well as the facilities available with the Indian film industry for production/post production. Artemenko, said that the Ukraine Government is making efforts to organise an Indian Film Festival in Ukraine to promote cultural ties between the two countries through the medium of cinema. He extended a personal invitation to Naidu to attend the film festival to be organised in the near future. He also expressed interest for showcasing programmes based on Indian weddings, places of touristic interest such as Rajasthan and different Indian cuisines. Deliberations were also held for organising film festivals showcasing each other?s movies in respective countries and the possibility of participating in film festivals as partner countries.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC asks producer of ‘Jolly LLB 2’ movie to go to HC for relief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today asked the producer of Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘Jolly LLB 2’ to approach the Bombay High Court against its earlier order appointing a three-member committee to review the upcoming film. A bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that it was keeping the plea, filed by the film producer in the apex court, pending and asked them to go to the Bombay High Court for relief. “You (producer) go to the high court. We will keep it (plea) pending here,” the bench told senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who was representing the movie producer. The film producer, Fox Studio, has approached the apex court against the Bombay High Court order appointing a 3-member committee to review the film following allegations that it has made the legal and judicial system a laughing stock. During the hearing, Sibal told the bench that the movie, which is releasing on February 10, has already been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the appointment of panel to review it was not as per law. “We have the CBFC certificate. How can this (review by committee) be done? It is not in accordance with the law,” he said. When the bench told the producer to go to the high court, Sibal said, “Then the review by the committee should be postponed till the high court decides it”. However, the bench said, “We will not say anything on that. Let the high court hear it first”. “We post this matter for further consideration…we leave it to the high court to pass appropriate order,” the bench said. (More)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bhansali roughed up, Padmavati set vandalised

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was allegedly roughed up and the set of his under-production film Padmavati vandalised by members of a Rajput organisation when the shooting was in progress at the Jaigarh Fort here on Friday.The film’s shoot was stalled after the incident as the production team huddled together to decide on the next course of action. The SLB production house CEO flew to Jaipur late at night. No case from either side was filed till reports last came in.Members of Karni Sena, a Rajasthan-based Rajput outfit, interrupted the shooting of the film. According to police, the sets looked ravaged and the crew has reported several of their equipment broken.Karni Sena patron Lokendra Singh Kalvi, however, said the escalation was not on their end. “Bhansali’s bodyguard who were escorting him fired shots before the police were called in,” he said. Ever since Bhansali announced his film based on the life of Chittor queen Padmavati after Bajirao Mastani, Rajput community has been roiled by what they term as “contorting history” for the big screen. Terming the plot of the movie as distortion of historical facts based on reports about intimacy between Chittor Queen Padmavati and Allaudin Khilji, second ruler of Khilji dynasty who attacked Chittor in 14th century, in the film, some Rajput outfits have openly registered their protest.Activists of Karani Sena reportedly reached the fort Friday afternoon, shouting slogans against the movie and demanding a halt on film’s shooting. They were miffed with Bhansali who despite reminders in past did not listen to their objections and proceeded with the shooting. Heated arguments then ensued between the film’s crew and the outfit members who reportedly tried to manhandle Bhansali who was seated at the site and protected by crew members who threw a human cordon around him. A video footage of the said incident shows the crew in shock and their electronic devices, furniture and sets strewn around the fort’s roof.Lokendra Singh Kalvi who heads the outfit denied there was any violence on their part. “We are against the falsehood woven into a historical subject,” he said. Police detained five activists of Karni Sena who were in custody till reports last came in.

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