The matter was taken up for consideration by the Lok Sabha Committee on Petitions after two BJP MPs, CP Joshi and Om Birla, from Rajasthan filed a plea before it regarding objectionable content in the movie.
When contacted, Mr Joshi, who is also a member of the panel, told PTI that the movie should be shown to historians and the descendants of the erstwhile royal families, who trace their lineage to Padmavati, before its release.
"The panel has referred the matter to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and the censor board. It has also asked them to submit a report before November 30," senior BJP leader Bhagat Singh Koshyari, who heads the panel, said.
The Sanjay Leela Bhansali film starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh is based on Rajput queen Padmini.
Historians are, however, divided on whether Queen Padmavati even existed.
Chief ministers of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh--all BJP ruled states--and Punjab, ruled by the Congress, have already opposed the release of the movie. Gujarat's chief minister Vijay Rupani today said the movie is banned in the state.
Following this severe opposition, the makers of the movie deferred its release date. The film was scheduled to release on December 1, this year.
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