The Allahabad High Court has issued a contempt notice to chairman of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Prasoon Joshi in connection with the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat on January 25. Based on Mohammad Jayasi’s poem Padmavat, the film stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini, Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh. The Lucknow bench of the court granted three weeks’ time to Joshi for filing his response to the contempt notice. It fixed next hearing of the matter in the week commencing February 12. (ALSO READ: CBFC Chief, Prasoon Joshi, Denies Rumours Of Padmavat Getting 300 Cuts ) Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput Suicide Case Update: Sanjay Leela Bhansali Refuses Dropping Actor From His Films, Says 'He Was Busy'
A bench of Justice Mahendra Dayal passed the order on the petition filed by Kamta Prasad Singhal, who had submitted that he had earlier filed a Public Interest Litigation seeking ban on the release of the movie because it promoted Sati, which is an offence.After hearing the PIL, the court had on November 9, 2017, dismissed the petition but, simultaneously, it had permitted the petitioner to move his grievance through a representation to the CBFC. Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput Suicide Case Update: Sanjay Leela Bhansali Reaches Bandra Police Station to Record His Statement
Accordingly, he moved the representation before the chairman of the board on November 13, 2017, but Joshi is yet to decide on it and three weeks time given to him by the high court has expired. At this, the high court issued contempt notice to Joshi. While the story of Rani Padmini traditionally involves Jauhar – a ritual where women jump into fire to save their honour, the practice of Sati is not likely to be part of the narrative. Sati was the practice of women sacrificing themselves at the pyres of their dead husband. Also Read - Sanjay Leela Bhansali And Kangana Ranaut to be Questioned in Sushant Singh Rajput Suicide Case