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CBFC Head Prasoon Joshi skips Jaipur Literature Festival owing to Padmaawat unrest

Censor board chief Prasoon Joshi decided to pull out of Jaipur Literature Festival after members of the Karni Sena, vehemently opposing the release of film Padmaawat, allegedly threatened to react with violence if he was present at the popular annual literary event.

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Calling off his plans to attend Jaipur Literature Festival, held from 25 to 29 January in Jaipur, Prasoon Joshi issued a public statement saying, "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. And also so that the lovers of literature get to focus on creativity and not controversy.

Speaking of which , the issue  around the film Padmaavat-  I did my job and sincerely took a sensitive and balanced call. As I have said earlier, certification  was done with due processes, incorporating valid suggestions whilst staying mindful to the concerns of the society as well as  to the canvas of cinema. It’s sad that we are not relying on genuine peaceful dialogue. It’s important that we keep mutual trust and faith in each other and our institutions so that the issues don’t reach this far.”

The Central Board of Film Certification head cancelled his visit despite being guaranteed full protection by the festival organisers Teamwork Arts who also assured safety of the attendees should there be any agitation by protestors. Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, Sanjoy Roy, says he respects Joshi's decision.


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