‘Padmaavat’ row: Karni Sena ‘won’t let’ CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi into Jaiput Lit Fest | India News

NEW DELHI: Annoyed at the censor board clearing ‘Padmaavat’ for release, the fringe ‘Rajput pride’ group Karni Sena today threatened to block censor chief Prasoon Joshi from the Jaipur Lit Fest.

The Sena hasn’t got much love lately, what with the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday declaring illegal the ban on its screening by four states. What’s more, today, the SC pretty much said “sorry, but no” to yet another plea asking for the controversial film’s ban.

Following yesterday’s SC order, Rajput Karni Sena leader Lokendra Singh Kalvi gave a call for a ‘janata curfew’ (people’s curfew) on January 25.

This and other fringe groups allege – not having seen the film that ‘Padmaavat’ distorts history and hurts Rajput pride. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali-helmed film – formerly called ‘Padmavati’ – is set for release January 25.

The Central Board of Film Certification cleared ‘Padmaavat’ for release, giving the film a UA certificate along with some modifications, including of the title, on December 30.

The other key modifications suggested in the meeting include those of the disclaimers, pertinently adding one regarding not glorifying the practice of Sati and also relevant modifications in the song ‘Ghoomar’ to befit the character portrayed.

The decision came after an examining committee meeting by CBFC was held on December 28. It consisted of the regular committee members, along with CBFC officials and a special advisory panel in the presence of chairman Prasoon Joshi.

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