CBFC invites Mewar royal family to help it certify 'Padmavati'

According to reports, Padmavati may release in February after its producers decided to postpone the movie. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 22, 2017, 02.08 PM (IST)

Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has now asked the Mewar royal family to join a panel that would help it certify Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama Padmavati.

This comes after the film was postponed by the censor board when several Rajput factions protested vehemently on the portrayal of their historically revered queen 'Rani Padmini' in the film. They cited portrayal of their queen in "poor light" to burn effigies of the director and actress and threatened to chop off Deepika's nose who plays the titular role. 

On Thursday, Prasoon Joshi, the chief of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), called Vishvaraj Singh of the Mewar royal family with the request.

Singh of the Mewar royal family spoke to a leading daily about the issue and said that he sought clarifications on certain aspects of the film that stars Deepika Padukone as queen Padmini, considered by Rajputs as a symbol of honour.

A section of historians, however, doubt the existence of the queen and say she is a fictional character first portrayed in a 16th-century poem as having committed Jauhar, the medieval practice in which female royals walked into funeral fires to embrace death over being taken captive by an opponent ruler. 

Earlier, Rajput groups staged violent protests all across the country and stopped shooting of the film on several locations, allegedly over rumours that the director included a romantic scene between the queen and Allauddin Khilji, the Delhi emperor who attacked Mewar’s capital Chittorgarh.

Vishvaraj Singh said he has written a letter to Joshi saying he will be able to accept or decline the offer only after some clarifications.

He was quoted: “It has been reported to be a fantasy at some place and historical at others. We need clarity on under what genre the film is seeking certification."

Singh added, The reported involvement of historians in the process of certification so far establishes that the film is of historical relevance,” he added.

Prasoon Joshi said earlier that film was once sent back to the producers after it was found that the column for stating whether it was a work of fiction or was based on historical facts was left blank.