CBFC yet to certify ‘Padmavati’ for public exhibition: Rathore

MUMBAI: The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is yet to certify Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati’ for public exhibition, minister of state in the ministry of information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said in the Lok Sabha.

“The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has so far not certified the film ‘Padmavati’ for public exhibition in the country,” Rathore said.

‘Padmavati’ has been embroiled in a row with Rajput group’s taking objection to the film contending that it distorts history and portrays Rajput queen in a bad light.

Rathore said that the application for certification of the film ‘Padmavati’ (Hindi) in its 3D version was submitted to CBFC on 28.11.2017.

The film will undergo the process of certification in accordance with the Cinematograph Act 1952, Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 1983 and the guidelines issued thereunder.

A time limit of 68 days is prescribed under Rule 41 of the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 1983 for the certification process.

“In case, expert opinion on subjects depicted in the film is required, the additional time limit will be decided by the Chairman, CBFC,” he added.

Earlier, Viacom18 Motion Pictures had deferred the release of the film following protests by Rajput groups.

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