The censor board has sought the opinion of two historians – B.L. Gupta and R.S. Khangarot – from Jaipur on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati.
Gupta is a professor of history in Rajasthan Vishwavidhyala and is an expert on Indian medieval history, Khangarot is the principal of Agrawal College. A six-member panel, including the two porfessors, have been formed by the CBFC to ascertain whether historical facts has been tampered with in the film.
The Karni Senas of Rajasthan had launched a violent protest against the film ever since it’s trailer was released.
On the issue, earlier the Bombay High Court had said that the country has come to a situation where people cannot voice their opinions.
“In which other country do you see threats given to artists and performers? It is distressing to know that a person makes a feature film and several people work tirelessly towards it, but is not able to release the film because of continued threats. What have we come to?” said Justice Dharmadhikari.
The film, made on a budget of Rs 190 crores, stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini, Shahid Kapoor as Ratan Singh, and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji.
Of course, the twitterati had something to say on the issue.
#Padmavati to be reviewed by a panel of historians… Rajkumar hirani is feeling lucky that he did not have to show his film munnabhai mbbs to panels of Doctor before releasing ???
— crime master gogo (@vipul2777) December 27, 2017
Palhaj Nilhani right now pic.twitter.com/QAiKgVQ7rE
— José Covaco (@HoeZaay) December 27, 2017
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) November 24, 2017