By Manishaa R
Even as the studio behind Padmavati, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, announced its decision to “voluntarily defer the release date of the film” apparently due to the pending issue of censorship clearance, IMPPA (Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association) President, T.P. Aggarwal, has dashed off a strong letter to CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) reprimanding it for “harassing producers”. Commenting on the latest development, Aggarwal questioned the mandatory timeline of 68 days set by CBFC for clearance, arguing that CBFC was trying to use the technicalities as a ploy to delay the censorship clearance of Padmavati and keep the film release on hold, “It is obvious that the rules pertaining to the Cinematography Act, 1952, are being cited to delay the certification process of Padmavati. It is a known fact that a majority of producers submit their films a week or ten days in advance and get their films cleared well in time for release. If the rules are so rigid, Tiger Zinda Hai which is scheduled to release next month, should also be facing a similar set of problems. From what I have been given to understand, the makers have not even applied for censorship.”
According to Aggarwal, CBFC was using the stringent administrative rules as a mere “ploy to defer the release” of the film under the directives of the Central Government, “It is a well-known fact that the Government is not too keen on the film being released against severe opposition in the wake of the Gujarat elections. Also they don’t want to upset the Rajput community in Rajasthan since elections are due after one year. Looking at the state of affairs, Bhansali may well be compelled to release his film only after the elections, depending on how the certification process goes,” Aggarwal said, adding that Bhansali was a veteran member of the association.
“It is a well-known fact that the Government is not too keen on the film being released against severe opposition in the wake of the Gujarat elections. Also they don’t want to upset the Rajput community in Rajasthan”- T.P. Aggarwal, IMPPA President
Meanwhile, sources point out that the film may come up for viewing only in the second week of December, after which the certification process may take another fortnight. Last sources revealed that the makers were looking at rescheduling the release of the film in the second week of January.
TIMELINE FOR CERTIFICATION AS PER THE NORMS REINSTATED BY CBFC
|Scrutiny of Applications||7 days|
|Formation of examining committee||15 days|
|Forwarding the EC report to Chairman||10 days|
|Communication of the order to the applicant||3 days|
|Surrender of cuts by the producer||14 days|
|Examination of cuts||14 days|
|Issue of certificate||5 days|
|Total Time Limit||68 days|