'Padmavati' will face no hitch, says Smriti Irani

Smriti Irani  

Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani has said that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati would not face any trouble on its release.

“I am sure law and order will be under control,” she said in a talk at the World Economic Forum with filmmaker Karan Johar. “The State government will ensure no miscreants disrupt any kind of interaction or display. I don’t envisage any problem. If there is any challenge, the State government will meet it,” she told Mr. Johar in response to a question on ‘political pressure’ on the film.

BJP not involved

Ms. Irani explained BJP leaders had more serious engagements and were not interested in speaking on any one film. It was “usually miscreants without cover” who created such controversies, she said, adding that if “law and order” is the issue and a filmmaker communicates the problem clearly, then “it is taken care of”. “To say that something will happen is a localised fear,” she said.

She also broke her silence for the first time on former Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani. Mr. Johar grilled her on the cuts ordered on a kissing scene in the film Befikre. In a direct reference to Mr. Nihalani’s body of work, Ms. Irani said that she followed the rule of giving respect to seniors in the industry, irrespective of “the kind of films they make”.

“The government has no role to play in certification,” she said, adding that advertising maven Prasoon Joshi, Mr. Nihalani’s successor, “is talking to everyone to put the house in order”.

She said spats with the Censor Board were used as a marketing tool.

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