Much has been discussed about Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati and its impending release, but no clear consensus has been achieved so far. Now the Censor Board has sought the opinion of two veteran historians from Jaipur on the film and invited them to view the film. These historians include Professor B.L. Gupta and Prof R.S. Khangarot. While Gupta is professor of history in Rajasthan Vishwavidhyala and has written numerous books on India during the medieval period, Khangarot is principal of Agrawal College.
Speaking to the media, Khangarot said the entire tussle related to the movie is not between the Karni Sena and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, director-producer of Padmavati, but between Bhasali and history and hence “once we watch the film, it will be clear if history has been tampered with or not”.
Gupta said he was all for artistic freedom but then it should not happen at the cost of history. “It should be very clear that we will share the historical facts to the best of knowledge and will not be backing any political party,” he added.
Meanwhile, sources at the Censor board have claimed that Bhansali had created problems for himself and his film when, while submitting his film for reviewing, he claimed that the film was based on certain historical facts. Many historians have argued that Padmavati is a work of fiction- first appearing in Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s poem Padmavat.
So far five state government has banned the film from being screened in their respective states including Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.