Padmaavat Row: Prasoon Joshi to skip Jaipur Literature Festival


Jaipur, Jan 27: Central Board of Film Certification Chairperson Prasoon Joshi on Saturday announced that he will skip “Zee Jaipur Literature Festival” this year, saying “lovers of literature should get to focus on creativity and not controversy.”

Joshi was scheduled to address a session on Sunday.

“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”, he said.

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

This comes in the wake of repeated threats to CBFC Chief by the Sri Rajput Karni Sena, which, in gross defiance of the law, has gone on a rampage after the censor board gave green signal to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat” for release.


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