PATNA: Nitish Kumar government is still to take a final decision on the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavat” in Bihar even as the Yogi Aditya Nath government in UP has given a nod to release the Movie.
State art, culture and youth affairs minister Krishna Kumar Rishi said on Saturday that the final decision on release of the movie will be taken by Bihar CM Nitish Kumar.
“Though we have come to know that certain changes have been made in the movie following directives from Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) but the state government has not yet decided on releasing the movie in Bihar. A final decision to this effect will be taken by CM Nitish,” Rishi told TOI on Saturday evening.
Rishi had told reporters outside state legislative assembly on November 28, last year that the movie will not be released in Bihar “until and unless objectionable scenes are not removed”.
The minister’s statement came after Nitish told reporters at his chamber on the same day that the moviemakers should clarify their stand on the controversies surrounding the movie.
Nitish’s remark came in response to a letter submitted by BJP MLA Niraj Kumar Singh stating that protests against “Padmavat” were going on across the country. The memorandum submitted by the BJP MLA, which was signed by several other MLAs, stated that the character of Rani Padmini has been presented in a distorted manner, which would hurt the sentiments of the entire Hindu community.
“Rani Padmini should not have been made to dance in the movie,” Nitish Kumar had said.
Incidentally, “Padmavat” is based on the character of Rani Padmini of Chittorgarh. The movie is broadly based on an epic poem titled “Padmavat” written by Sufi poet Malik Mohammad Jayasi in 1540.
The movie faced a lot of ire from right-wing organisations, especially Rajput fringe group Karni Sena at several places in the country including Bihar. “Padmini performed self- immolation along with 16,000 women so that Khilji could not touch her body…We would not allow the movie to be released at any cost,” Karni Sena founder- leader Lokendra Singh Kalvi had said in Patna on November 17, last year.
Kalvi again said on Wednesday that any theatre screening Padmavat would face “detrimental consequences”.
Cinema hall owners in Patna have also raised security concerns in releasing the movie. “We will not take the risk of releasing the movie amid protests. The state government has not cleared its stand and even if it will allow its release, we will need extra security for screening it. Nonetheless, January 26 (Republic Day) is also considered a sensitive day, hence we will not prefer taking that much risk,” said an owner of a cinema hall in the city who wished to remain anonymous.
Sharad Kumar, manager at Mona cinema hall said distributors in Bihar have still not approach for the release of the movie. “Government should clear its stand first to pave way for the release of Padmavat in Bihar,” Sharad said.
The movie starring Deepika Padukone as the queen Padmini, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh, and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khiljiwas was initially scheduled to be released on December 1, but it was later slated to release on January 25.
Even though CBFC has cleared the movie with changes in the title of the film and some cuts, several BJP- ruled states including Rajasthan, MP and Gujarat remain firm on their stand to not release the movie in their respective states. Goa government has also said “Padmavat” would not be released in peak tourist season. Source : timesofindia