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CBFC Member Alleges Foreign Funding In 'Padmavati'; SC Hears Plea On 'Objectionable Scenes' Today

The turmoil continues.

28/11/2017 9:21 AM IST | Updated 28/11/2017 9:21 AM IST
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Members of Akhil Rajasthani Samaj Sangh, protest for banning a movie Padmavati at Shanivar Wada, on November 25, 2017 in Pune, India.

The Supreme Court will hear the plea filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma against the film Padmavati on Tuesday. Sharma is seeking direction to delete certain objectionable scenes from the movie. The plea filed by Sharma also sought prosecution of filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Earlier on November 10, the apex court rejected the petition filed against the release of Bhansali's magnum opus 'Padmavati', saying the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has not yet issued a certificate to the movie.

The film has been embroiled in a spate of controversies ever since its inception. The period drama starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor has been facing protests from various communal groups, including Shree Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering historical facts.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) member Arjun Gupta, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging for a probe by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) into the allegations made by Subramanian Swamy that the film was financed from Dubai.

He also questioned as to how the film was shown to British censors without a CBFCcertificate.

BJP leader Swamy had earlier said, "Many big budget movies are made these days, we should see if there is conspiracy in it. People from Dubai want Muslim kings to be portrayed as hero; they want to show as if Hindu women wanted relationships (with them)."

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