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Panelists name being used to lend credibility to the film: Maharana Mahendra Singh Mewar

‘Rajputs need no certificate from CBFC’

Udaipur : Another member to hit hard on the CBFC’s move on ‘Padmavati’ certification is Maharana Mahendra Singh, the eldest person in the Mewar royal household. In a letter sent to Smriti Irani and RajyaVardhan Singh Rathore, the union and state ministers respectively for Information and Broadcasting, Maharana Mahendra Singh complained of the questionable conduct and consequences, including the removal of the CBFC chairman. Accusing Prasoon Joshi, the board chairman of misrepresenting facts, Singh said that one set of panelists was invited and film was clandestinely shown to another set. The impression being given is that the panelists who saw the movie were in agreement with its release with the reported modifications, however two panelists have gone on record that they were not in agreement to the release.

“It is now clear that the invitation to / appointment of both panels was just a sham with the names of the panellists who have viewed the film now being used to in some way add credibility to the film even though two of them have gone on record to state that they are not in agreement with the film” read the letter. Singh further added that the matter of the movie likely to cause social unrest has found its way in the media / social media. It has also been reported in the media that the film is in praise of the Rajputs.

“It may be noted all communities had made their contribution at that time and that we Rajputs need no certificate from the film or Mr. Joshi, specially at the cost of misrepresenting our culture and denigrating that of others. There has already been an adverse impact that is likely to increase should the movie be released” the letter read. Singh also wrote that to assist in its release, all claims of historical authenticity have been dropped and the movie is now declared to be fictional, that too only drawing inspiration from Malik Mohd. Jayasi’s poem ‘Padmavat’, not even being an adaptation thereof. The movie thereby misrepresents not only our culture but also this poem !

“With a change of a letter, one can very well make a film about a certain Mr. Prasoon Doshi who felt it necessary to barter his country’s history and culture and call the movie fictional so that it can obtain CBFC certification. Would such a film be certified by Mr. Prasoon Joshi ?

The CBFC through Mr. Joshi has not only endorsed a film that misrepresents revered heroic characters and one that is likely to cause social unrest but has extended this misrepresentation to his conduct with and report of the panellists. Mr. Prasoon Joshi has not considered all the factors and this public deception pulled off on his watch suggests incompetence and / or complicity. Such hurried certification and continuing misrepresentations can only bring disrepute to the CBFC” Singh stated.


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