Controversies and more controversies. This is exactly how the situation is for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati which is facing a lot of backlash from the self-vigilante group and a few representatives from the government who demand to stall the release.
Many of the protestors are demanding to watch the movie before its release. Reacting to it, the makers of the Bhansali movie have said that they are ready to screen the film for those demanding once the censor board clears the film.
Ajit Andhare, Chief Operating Officer, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, told a leading news agency, “We are first looking at the censor board (for clearance) and then we don’t have a problem (to show the film) because they are imagining something different and we would like to quell all these doubts first. But ideally we want to get the certificate first."
“We do not have a problem (in screening the film) please realise this is unprecedented, this is not how it is supposed to be done. What they (certain sections of people) are saying is not in the film, we do not have anything to hide,” he added.
Reiterating that they don't want the film to get stuck in another controversy, he said, "We are going to this length as we want to quell the controversy; it is a needless controversy. The film doesn’t need it. The film has its own merit and we just want that the censor board gives us a screening date so that we can take it ahead. The ball is in the censor’s court."
Padmavati was submitted to the Censor Board last week.
Elaborating on this, Ajit Andhare said, “Bhansali Production applied online last Friday. We are waiting to hear from the board for the screening. That is our first priority. I am not foreseeing any problem. No film in the history of censor board has got delayed, I have no reason to believe the film will be delayed. We have nothing to worry (about)."