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Amidst Padmaavat row, Prasoon Joshi to skip Jaipur Literature Festival

By Chennabasaveshwar

Prasoon Joshi, head of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), was disappointed over a violent protest against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmaavat' movie, saying the issue was not resolve through genuine peaceful dialogue.

Prasoon Joshi. PTI photo

Prasoon Joshi, said, "I did my job and sincerely took a sensitive and balanced call. Certification was done with due processes, incorporating valid suggestions whilst staying mindful of concerns of society and cinema.Sad that we are not relying on genuine peaceful dialogue."

In the wake of the controversy around 'Padmaavat' movie, Joshi is not attending the annual literary event Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF). He opined that his presence in the festival may cause discomfort either to the organizers and fellow writers

"Will not be attending JLF this year and must say will miss sharing great moments with literature and poetry lovers. I am doing this so that the dignity of the event does not get compromised or discomfort caused either to the organisers, fellow writers or the attendees," Joshi said.

The CBFC, the board had a meeting of their examining committee on December 28 and decided to give the film a "UA certification along with some modifications and likely change of the film's title on the basis the attributed material/creative source".

The period drama made with a budget of Rs 150 crore was released on January 25 amid violent protest by Karni Sena.

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