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‘Padmavati’ Makers Ready To Prescreen Film, Bollywood Observes Shutdown In Film’s Support

“Padmavati” has been in the eye of a storm ever since it went on floors as it is believed by some groups that the film shows the Rajput culture in a poor light.


The makers of “Padmavati” are ready to prescreen the film before release to remove the alleged doubts while Bollywood has decided to observe a shutdown to express support for director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

As the release date of “Padmavati” draws near, the protests against the film are getting louder but looks like a solution is on the horizon. The makers of the period drama have agreed to hold a special screening of the film for those alleging distortion of historical facts in the upcoming period drama. However, they would do so after the film is passed by the Censor Board. The COO of Viacom18 Motion Pictures (the co-producer of the film) has said that they do not have a problem with showing their film to those doubting its content.

He has said that the production house would like to clear the doubts surrounding “Padmavati” but they want the CBFC certificate first. He also said that what some people are saying about the period drama is not true and despite the fact that a prescreening is a deviation from the normal process, they are ready to do it. He asserted that they have nothing to hide and want to end the needless controversy that has arisen.

In the meantime, Bollywood has come out in support of “Padmavati.” Various bodies such as CINTAA, IFTDA, Screenwriters Association, All India Mazdoor Union, and others have decided to observe one-minute silence on Nov 16 to show their solidarity with Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Film City, Goregaon.

They will also stop work for 15 minutes to mark their protest against the troublemakers who want a stay on the film’s release. What is more, these bodies plan to write to the information and broadcasting ministry to ensure the safe release and screening of “Padmavati” across India. They also want action against the troublemakers.



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