Nitish Kumar, the Chief Minister of Bihar has now clarified his decision to restrict the movie, Padmavati in his state. He spoke to reporters about the controversy, “A large section of the society feels that a respected historical figure has been denigrated in the movie, though nobody has watched it. The onus is on the makers of the film, its producer, directors and others to out with a public statement on the issue. They must come up with an explanation that lends clarity to the issue” He also commented that the movie has not been cleared by the CBFC board, and the thinks that banning the movie without their decision is premature.
Padmavati has been banned in five states till now, even though the Superme Court has advised the CMs to not comment on the movie before it is even cleared by the censor board, as it could influence their decision. None of the Chief Ministers or the Karni Sena, the fringe group protesting the movie have seen the movie yet.
The release of Padmavati has been deferred by the makers, in lieu of not getting a certification from the Censor board. Sanjay Leela Bhansali was also called by a parliamentary body of 30 members to explain the content of the movie and the publicity that has caused much furor over it.