Movie censorship

Goa can’t afford law and order trouble because of ‘Padmavati’ in tourist season: Manohar Parrikar

The chief minister said he will consider the state BJP women’s wing’s demand for a ban on the film only after the censor board approves it.

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said he will consider the demand of the state Bharatiya Janata Party’s women’s wing to ban Padmavati. He reasoned that a state like Goa, which depends on tourism, cannot afford law and order problems during the tourist season, IANS reported.

However, Parrikar said the government will make a final decision only after the Central Board of Film Certification approves the Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie. “As of now, the censor board has not granted a certificate,” he said. “We will take a call after it is granted.”

A delegation of the BJP Mahila Morcha met Parrikar on Thursday, seeking a ban on Padmavati until objectionable scenes are removed from the film. The delegation, like other groups opposed to the move, claimed it distorted history.

The Goa chief minister said the concerns of the women’s wing were justified.

“My personal opinion is straight – that history should be portrayed correctly,” Parrikar said. “If history is portrayed in a wrong way, then people’s sentiments might be hurt.”

Padmavati, based on the 14th-century mythical Chittor queen Padmini, has been in the midst of a controversy since January. Rajput groups have said the film distorts history as it shows a romantic dream sequence between the queen and Alauddin Khilji – a claim director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has denied.

In the past few weeks, lead actor Deepika Padukone and Bhansali received a number of threats, after which Viacom18 Motion Pictures – the co-producers of Padmavati – decided to “voluntarily defer” its release. The movie was scheduled to be out on December 1.

The chief ministers of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have demanded that Padmavati be banned or not released until changes are made. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had said the state government will not make a decision until the censor board comes to a decision.

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