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Salman Khan: Sanjay Leela Bhansali has definitely offended me

02 December 2017

The members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT asked many questions to Bhansali who appeared before the panel alongside Prasoon Joshi, who heads the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

When Bhansali said he was already suffering financial loss and the film was due for release in 60 countries, panel members asked if he was trying to do business on an emotional issue.

Joshi said he has set up a board of historians to look into the film.

A 30-member of Parliamentary panel has called Sanjay Leela Bhansali, director of the Indian movie, Padmavati, to brief them on the controversy.

"If the Supreme Court gives its verdict, or the Censor Board gives its certificate, everybody should respect it", Khan said.

The panel has asked producers and officials of the information and broadcasting ministry of India to appear before it and brief about the controversy relating to the $22.6 million Dollars film, Indian media reported Wednesday.

"Let the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) do its job", Advani is said to have suggested at a meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, while suggesting that the panel's proceedings were pointless.

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Advani, however, intervened and told the panel that a cross-examination of Bhansali was not on the agenda, The Hindu quoted a committee member as saying. "How could you assume that the movie would be released on December 1 when you applied to the CBFC on November 11. I gave him two hits - "Khamoshi" and "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" and he took Shah Rukh in the next one (Devdas)", he joked.

Joshi told the Lok Sabha committee that the process of certifying the movie was underway, said sources.

Trinamool MP Prasun Banerjee is said to have described as abominable the threats issued to an elected Chief Minister (Mamata Banerjee) who expressed her solidarity with the makers of a film.

Anurag said in the statement, "How and why did this divide and controversy erupt..."

Eight members of the panel, including Koshiyari and the two petitioners, attended the meeting. "We have raised objections to that too in this committee".

Superstar Salman Khan is no stranger to controversies, and the actor believes rows such as those around "Padmavati" affect the movie business adversely.

Salman Khan: Sanjay Leela Bhansali has definitely offended me