CBFC has been under a lot of criticism lately mainly due to Pehlaj Nihlani. When Parsoon Joshi took over CBFC, it was expected that things will be better. However, it seems that the Censor Board is still not independent and Padmavati is the latest victim of that.
Recently CBFC announced that the film should be submitted for censor, 68 days before its release. Actually, this rule was there all along, but never implemented, because it’s impossible for most producers to submit complete films that much in advance. Now suddenly when Padmavati was about to release, CBFC implemented this rule strictly for all new films.
And now when Padmavati has been postponed, CBFC has again relaxed this rule for films releasing in next few weeks. It means that Firangi, Tera Intezaar, Fukrey Returns and Tiger Zinda Hai will release on their announced dates. However, Padmavati was delayed due to the same rule.
Says a source from the CBFC, “We have now formed a separate queue for films that have already announced their release date and would miss it if we implement the 68-day period as per guidelines. We want to ensure that none of the movies up for certification miss their release.”
It clearly means that CBFC was under a lot of political pressure to delay Padmavati. And in doing so they were willing to postpone all upcoming releases which would have been a disastrous result for Bollywood.