- Navneel Maji
Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Chief Prasoon Joshi has declined to attend Jaipur Literary Fest after the threats of Rajput Karni Sena, leading protesters against the release of Padmavati. “We don’t want to hear his lecture. He has put the pride of Rajasthan at stake. How can he deliver a lecture here after humiliating us? People of Rajasthan don’t want such lectures. We will protest against him,” said by the president of the group Mahipal Singh Makrana.
He was supposed to attend a program called ‘Main Aur Woh: Conversations with Myself’ on Sunday.
Prasoon Joshi, who has cleared the film Padmavati with U/A Certificate and some modifications, said that he is doing so to maintain the decorum of the festival.
The festival should be focusing on the creativity and talent, not the controversy. The Rajput Karni Sena has welcomed his decision of not attending JLF; glad for accepting their request.
Karni Sena was earlier furious at him for clearing the film, which according to Karni Sena offended Rajput sentiments. To which CBFC Chief replied, “I did my job and sincerely took a sensitive and balanced call. As I have said earlier, certification was done with due processes, incorporating valid suggestions whilst staying mindful of the concerns of the society as well as to the canvas of cinema.”
He, however, also added that it is said that here we are not relying on peaceful dialogue and had to resort to violence to get across our demands. It is indeed a sorry state for the nation.
It is not the first time that it is happening; in 2012, acclaimed novelist Salman Rushdie had not attended the festival following death threats from Muslim fringe groups.
The festival is to continue with the organizers and the Jaipur Police have made the necessary arrangements for security and assured earlier than nothing unpleasant would happen at the festival.