Padmavati row: States can't ban movie before censor board certification, says former CBFC chairman Pahlaj Nihalani

On Monday, the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister said that Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmavati' would not be allowed to release in the state unless the objectionable scenes were removed.

Published: 21st November 2017 09:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd November 2017 05:01 PM   |  A+A-

Former CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani (File | PTI)

By ANI

MUMBAI: Former chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Pahlaj Nihalani on Monday brushed aside Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s ban on the upcoming film ‘Padmavati’, saying that a movie cannot be banned in a state before receiving a certification from the censor board.

“Movies cannot be banned. A state can impose a ban only if it is deemed that the movie may disrupt law and order situation in the state, and only after film certification. A certificate is yet to be issued to 'Padmavati',” Nihalani told ANI, adding, “Unless certificate is not issued, no state can make ‘jumlas’ like ‘we’ll cut it’ or ‘we’ll not let it release’.”

Nihalani further informed that the producer of the movie can approach the court, if the scenes do get cut.

On Monday, the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister said that Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum-opus would not be allowed to release in the state unless the objectionable scenes were removed.

Responding to 'Padmavati' actor Shahid Kapoor’s statement that the movie should not be considered guilty even before it is provided for people to judge it, Nihalani said, “What does ‘guilty’ imply? Is making movie a crime?”

‘Padmavati’ has been the center of controversies. The film which
has Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in
the lead 
role was supposed to hit the theatres on December 1.

The CBFC chairperson, Prasoon Joshi, had earlier said that the board will arrive at a decision after a discussion, but the former chairperson downplayed it, saying that a chairman cannot decide the fate of a movie.

“The examination Committee decides after watching the movie; the chairman cannot decide,” he said.

“Unless the censor board pronounces its decision, opinion of everyone else is of no value,” Nihalani added.

Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, and Shahid Kapoor-starrer has been mired in a slew of controversies for allegedly tampering with historical facts.

Yesterday, the CBFC turned down the application of the makers of 'Padmavati' to expedite the certification process of the film. In the face of absence of requisite clearances, the board has refused issue to issue certification, thus pushing the December 1 release date of ‘Padmavati’.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

facebook twitter whatsapp