“Padmavati” film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Censor board chief Prasoon Joshi have been asked by the Parliamentary committee on the Information Technology to appear before it. They have been asked to present their views on the controversy surrounding the movie which has been accused of distorting history by some sections of society.
The 30-member panel has also asked producers of the movie and officials of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to appear before it and brief about the controversy relating to the 150 crore rupees film. The committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday.
Parliamentary sources said they have reached out to Mr Bhansali, but he appeared to be “shying away” from appearing before the panel. The censor board is yet to clear the film.
As allegations of distorting history in the film triggered protests in various states, the makers of the movie has deferred its release date. The film was scheduled to release on December 1, which has been deferred.