Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief will not be attending the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) this year. He was scheduled to take part in the session 'Main air Woh' - Conversations with myself on Sunday, January 28.
His statement comes days after Shree Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) president had warned that the CBFC chief would not be allowed to enter Rajasthan as he had ignored the sentiments of the Rajputs by giving a green signal to Padmaavat.
The Supreme Court had cleared the film for screening on January 25, 2018 after the governments in four states of Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh had called for its ban.
In Rajasthan, distributors have refused to screen the film - which stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranvir Singh - citing protests across the state.
There were other violent protests in many areas in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh - ostensibly by the Rajput Karni Sena. They believe that the film shows the Rajput queen Padmavati in poor light and distorts history