In a shocking move that questions the creditability of Indian CBFC and I&B Ministry, the makers of PADMAVATI have obtained a clearance by British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) for the UK audience, leading to a fresh case in Supreme Court.
The BBFC has given the film a 12A rating and was passed without any cuts. The 12A rating mandates that the film cannot be viewed by a child under the age of 12 unless accompanied by an adult, reports The Hindu.
The report further states that the British Censor Board has listed the film on its official website, stating, “‘Padmavati’ (12A) moderate violence, injury detail.” It also mentioned that “all known versions of this work passed uncut”.
Owing to this sudden, strange and shocking development, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a fresh plea on November 28 seeking a direction to makers of the film PADMAVATI starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor not to release it outside India on December 1, The Hindu reports.
The report further states that a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud would hear the plea that alleged that the makers of PADMAVATI misrepresented facts before the court with regard to Censor Board’s approval on releasing songs and the promo.
Advocate M L Sharma has reportedly alleged that grave damage will be done to social harmony if the movie is allowed to be released outside India.
However, the makers of PADMAVATI Viacom 18 has issued a statement which says, “ The UK certification is a part of normal process and we will await the Indian censor clearance and then release the film.”
Ex CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani has reportedly called the move by the makers to obtain a certificate from BBFC before clearance from the Indian CBFC as a an illegal practice while speaking to Times on TV.