Director and screenwriter Shyam Benegal has won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindiseven times and many other awards Padma Shri in 1976 and the Padma Bhushan in 1991, Dadasaheb Phalke Award. He contributes amazing films to Bollywood.
Recently, a great controversy is going on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie ‘Padmaavat’. Even after changes it is going on. Filmmaker Shyam Benegal who chaired a Ministry of Information and Broadcasting committee to propose ways to revamp the censor board, said that once the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the Supreme Court have given the movie a go-ahead, nothing can stop its release.
He said,” The Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana governments had banned the movie’s release in their states.”
The 83-year-old director wonders why questions are being raised against the movie, which the makers have clearly stated is based on 16th century poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s poem Padmavat.
He states,” ‘Padmavat’ is a classic. It was written in 1526 and not written yesterday or today. We have accepted the literary classic which has been there since 1526, and now so many years later, some little organisation is saying that it is offending them and their sentiments. Does it make sense?”