SIX MEMBER HISTORIANS, ROYALS COMMITTEE TO REVIEW PADMAVATI

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The Hush Post:  After the Censor Board, the Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s historical but controversial film Padmavati, will be reviewed by a six-member panel which will include members of the royal family and historians. The panel was appointed by the Central Board of Film Certification after the makers of the film stated that it was partially based on historical facts.

The censor board officials have said the filmmakers complicated their case with a strange disclaimer which stated that the film was partially based on historical facts.
“The content will now have to be examined for authenticity,” source said. The film had earlier been 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 facts was left blank.
Padmavati drew protests in Rajasthan where fringe groups like the Karni Sena said the movie ‘distorted history.’ However, they had not seen the movie, but simultaneously had claimed leaders of the Karni Sena and several politicians say the 13th-century queen, Padmini, had been disrespected by Bhansali suggesting in his movie that she was romantically shown involved with Muslim invader Alauddin Khilji.
Bhansali has denied any love angle had been shown in the movie, but several BJP-ruled states including Rajasthan banned the movie, declaring they will not permit its screening even if it was cleared by the censor board.

Padmini, the legend says, was a Rajput queen from Chittor in Rajasthan who set herself on fire to save her honour after Khilji defeated her husband in battle.
The Karni Sena threatened Bhansali and his lead star, Deepika Padukone, with violence, going to the extent of threatening to chop off Deepika’s nose and ears. Both have been given state security. The Supreme Court has so far refused to ban the film.

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