Padmavati movie issue Live Updates: On Friday, Padmavati movie was sent back without certification by Central Board of Film Certification even as director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actress Deepika Padukone had over Rs 5 cr bounties put on their heads by protesting groups. Rajasthan was hit by a number of fresh protests and there was even a shooting reported at the Chittor Fort aside from effigies of Bhansali being burnt. At the forefront of the protests was the Sarv Samaj Sanghthan, including Shri Rajput Karni Sena, which picketed the entrance of the fort that houses Padmini Palace. They are all demanding that the film be banned.
Here are the Padmavati Live Updates as they break:
6:12 pm: Deepika Padukone, who plays the titular role in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed film, has received threats from Rajput Karni Sena with one of its leaders warning her against “inciting” sentiments.
5:55 pm: While various Rajput groups and other have been protesting across the country, the film fraternity has come together to back the project starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.
5:33 pm: “What an irony, those who are supposed to watch are looking the other way and we have to run around and show it at other forums to ‘clear’ it,” tweeted Ajit Andhare, Chief Operating Officer, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, was quoted as saying by IANS.
5:15 pm: A day after the CBFC sent Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film back because the application for the certification was “incomplete”, Joshi said he was “disappointed” that it was being screened for the media and getting reviewed on national channels without CBFC having seen or certified it.
4:50 pm: “That’s true. But film is with the CBFC, it is merely a minor technical issue. Nothing stops them from seeing the film if they want,” he said.
4:40 pm: Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, which has produced the film, yesterday told PTI that the issue with the application was “minor” and the CBFC could have screened the film.
4:25 pm: Deepika, who plays the title role of Rajput Queen in “Padmavati”, has received threats from various Rajput organisations, who have demanded the movie’s release be stalled.
4:20 pm: Veteran actress Shabana Azmi on Saturday urged the Indian film industry to boycott the 48th IFFI in Goa to protest against the threats to actress Deepika Padukone and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali on their film Padmavati.
4:15 pm: Following the threats, the Mumbai Police has tightened Deepika Padukone’s security.
4:03 pm: I think the controversy is unnecessary. How can it be said that the history has been distorted when no one has watched it yet? I didn’t find anything controversial in the film. The movie must first be watched before opposing it: Khalish Masoom, CBFC member tells ANI.
3:55 pm: Deepika and Rose shared screen space in 2017 Hollywood film xXx: Return of Xander Cage, IANS said.
3:50 pm: “I am in shock at reading what my dear friend is going through but in absolute awe of her strength and courage. Deepika you are one of the strongest women I know,” she tweeted.
I am in shock at reading what my dear friend is going through but in absolute awe of her strength and courage. Deepika you are one of the strongest women I know. https://t.co/wrEaO9WZA0
— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) November 18, 2017
3:30 pm: Hollywood actor Ruby Rose has come out in support of Deepika Padukone amid the ongoing controversy surrounding her upcoming film Padmavati.
3:15 pm: Congress MP Rajiv Shukla says, “If sentiments of any segment of the society is being hurt, this should be taken care of by the government”.
2:52 pm: In March, the Chittorgarh Fort was vandalised by a group of men who broke mirrors installed at the Padmini Palace. Three mirrors installed at the Padmini Palace were damaged by four-five unidentified men.
2:45 pm: Rajasthan was yesterday rocked by protests against the film with protesters blocking entry to the Chittorgarh Fort and burning effigies of the filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The entry to the fort remained blocked till 5 pm.
2:30 pm: The Circle Officer of Kumbhalgarh, Chandan Singh, said, “The protest is going on and the entry to the Kumbhalgarh fort
2:15 pm: Hundreds of locals led by the Rajput community today blocked the entry to Kumbhalgarh Fort in Rajsamand district, demanding a complete ban on Bollywood film ‘Padmavati’, a day after a similar protest at Chittorgarh Fort against the movie.
2:05 pm: Calling the situation “cultural annihilation”, Azmi criticised Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani for her silence on the issue.
1:50 pm: Veteran actor Shabana Azmi today said the film industry should boycott the International Film Festival of India to mark its protest against threats to filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his “Padmavati” star Deepika Padukone.
1:40 pm: Padmavati’s application came up this week for review. Makers admit paperwork isn’t complete, the disclaimer whether film is work of fiction/historical was left blank & on being asked to provide imp documents, target CBFC for ”looking the other way”. It is surprising: Joshi to ANI
1:35 pm: It’s myopic to treat certification process haphazardly to suit convenience. On one hand, holding CBFC responsible & pressurizing to accelerate process and on other hands, attempt to subvert the very process, sets an opportunistic precedent: CBFC Chairman Prasoon Joshi to ANI
1:30 pm: Disappointing that Padmavati is being screened for media and getting reviewed on national channels without CBFC having seen or certified the Film. This compromises role of systems & balances that are part of a functioning industry: CBFC Chairman Prasoon Joshi to ANI
1:20 pm: Amid this chaos and debate, a special screening of the movie was organised for journalists by the producers of Padmavati. Among the viewers were renowned journalists like Arnab Goswami and Rajat Sharma who later shared their views about the movie.
1:10 pm: CBFC sent Padmavati back to its makers, as application submitted by them was incomplete.
12:45 pm: The way people are expressing their views after watching Padmavati, one cannot say that it was a private screening. This is not done: Top CBFC Official to ANI
12:30 pm: The way Padmavati makers screened it for individuals before CBFC certification isn’t in good taste. There is a thin line between private & public exhibition of a film & this screening without certification sets wrong precedent. CBFC isn’t happy with this attitude: CBFC Official to ANI
12:22 pm: When singer Sudesh Bhosle was asked yesterday about the ongoing controversy ove Padmavati”, he said it was for the government and the censor board to decide.
12:15 pm: Padmavati continues witnessing protests with some groups accusing that the movie tampered with historical facts.
11:50 am: Last Wednesday, Rajasthan minister Kiran Maheshwari joined the chorus of protests against Bollywood movie Padmavati.
11:37 am: Have given a call for Bharat Bandh on 1st December, won’t let Padmavati release, says Rajput Karni Sena President Lokendra Singh Kalvi.
— ANI (@ANI) November 18, 2017
11:10 am: Veteran actor Shabana Azmi yesterday raised questions over the Central Board of Film Certification sending back the application for the certification of Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed Padmavati.
10:32 am: We did not accept our defeat. East India Company sent their forces twice to occupy nation. They said they need more force. Meanwhile, Queen Victoria finished the company and became emperor of India: Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh on Shashi Tharoor remarks on India’s erstwhile kings.
10:15 am: Shashi Tharoor had yesterday reportedly said the “so called valourous maharajas” had scurried to accommodate themselves when the British “trampled” over their honour and were now after a filmmaker, claiming that prestige was at stake.
10:02 am: Union minister Smriti Irani yesterday took a jibe at Congress leader Shashi Tharoor for his reported ‘maharaja’ comments amidst a row over Padmavati.
9:50 am: As opposition and threats to the upcoming film “Padmavati” continue, Mumbai Police on Friday issued a stern warning to “adventurous” protestors.
9:20 am: Meanwhile, Karni Sena claim to have received death threats from Pakistan, here’s what they said. “Our spokesperson received a threat call from Pakistan, asking us not to oppose release of Padmavati, otherwise Kalvi would be blown off,” Mahipal Singh Makrana, state president of Shri Rajput Karni Sena, told IANS on Friday.
8:30 am: “There has been a huge controversy surrounding the the film Padmavati. The government must find a way to resolve the issue,” said Congress spokesperson Rajeev Shukla.
8:00 am: Questioning Narendra Modi government’s silence over the ‘Padmavati’ film controversy, the Congress on Friday said the Information and Broadcasting Ministry must resolve the issue by talking to both the sides.
7:45 am: Shashi Tharoor had reportedly said the “so called valourous maharajas” had scurried to accommodate themselves when the British “trampled” over their honour and were now after a filmmaker, claiming that prestige was at stake.
7:43 am: The makers of “Padmavati” have rued how the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is “looking the other way” due to which they are compelled to show the movie at other platforms.
7:24 am: Protesters also blocked the entry to the Chhittorgarh Fort, which houses Padmini’s Palace, amid protests against Bollywood film ‘Padmavati’ across Rajasthan and various parts of the country.
7:07 am: The controversy over Bollywood film ‘Padmavati’ took an ugly turn with a senior functionary of the protesting Shri Rajput Karni Sena threatening actor Deepika Padukone with physical harm if she incited public sentiments.
6:30 am: Protest against Padmavati in Uttar Pradesh’s Sambhal, protesters say they have declared a bounty of Rs.50 lakh on director Sanjay Leela Bhansali & actor Deepika Padukone.