Let The Censor Board Do Its Job, Minister Says On 'Padmavati' Row

CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi had, yesterday, said the censor board was trying to come up with a "balanced decision" about Padmavati, but the body should be given adequate space and time to do that.

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Let The Censor Board Do Its Job, Minister Says On 'Padmavati' Row

The security of Deepika Padukone has been beefed up following a series of threats against the actress

New Delhi:  Amid a raging controversy surrounding Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting today said the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) should be allowed to do its job.

With growing rumours of a romantic dream sequence between the characters of Rajput queen Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji in the film, many Rajput groups have been protesting against the movie, alleging that it distorts history.

Historians, however, are divided on whether Rani Padmavati existed.

"CBFC has been tasked with certain works. Let it do its job," Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore told reporters in New Delhi.

The Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh governments have said that they would not allow the movie's release in their respective states, till certain controversial portions in the film were removed.

CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi had, yesterday, said the censor board was trying to come up with a "balanced decision" about Padmavati, but the body should be given adequate space and time to do that. A request for a fast-track review of the movie which was reportedly made yesterday was also turned down by the censor board.

The security of Deepika Padukone, who plays the titular role in the film, has been beefed up following a series of threats against the actress. A senior BJP official, Suraj Pal Amu, offered a Rs 10 crore bounty to anyone who beheads the actress or director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

The makers of the movie had recently deferred its December 1 release date. They movie may not be released until next year, according to sources.

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