Talking at the Parliamentary panel Mr Advani said, "Let the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) do its job".
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 United States dollars film, Indian media reported Wednesday. The committee took cognizance of the issue as part of its study - "Film Industry: Problems and challenges".
Bhansali remained with the panel for over two hours. He also pointed out at the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology that the panel's proceedings were pointless. Now, it has up to two months to decide on the movie after a multi-level process.
Though film has not been screened officially, there has been a pre-screening of the movie for a select people, including journalists, a few weeks ago. They are reportedly taking into consideration all the opinions coming from various parties and will then state its opinion on a release for Bhansali's film, along with other films which fall under a similar category (historical genre). Responding to a query from members, Joshi is learnt to have said that the promos and songs of Padmavati had been certified. The panel is headed by BJP MP Anurag Thakur.
The panel had asked the officials for a report before November 30, senior BJP leader Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, who heads the panel, had said earlier.
Speaking to reporters in his Vidhan Sabha office, Nitish said: "Since objections against Padmavati are being raised from several quarters, its filmmaker should clarify his stand. The members have also made a decision to call the producers of the movie", chairman of the panel Anurag Thakur said as quoted by India's PTI. A movie is meant for entertainment, not for creating a tensed atmosphere across the country.
The statement was titled: "Anurag Thakur takes up an arbitrator role to resolve Padmavati controversy".