A notice regarding the suspension of the work for 15 minutes by the employees of a cinema hall is pasted on the poster of the movie ‘Padmavati’ at a cineplex in Kolkata, Nov. 28. The work was suspended to condemn the various protests and campaign against the movie in some parts of the country. (Swapan Mahapatra/PTI)

“Padmavati” director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and censor board chief Prasoon Joshi have been asked by a parliamentary committee to appear before it and present their views on the controversy surrounding the movie which has been accused of distorting history by fringe groups.

The 30-member panel has also asked producers of the movie and officials of the information and broadcasting ministry to appear before it and brief about the controversy relating to the Rs. 150 crore film.

“The panel has asked Bhansali and Joshi to appear before it and present their views on the movie. They can present their case before the panel. The members have also decided to call the producers of the movie,” chairman of the panel Anurag Thakur told PTI.

The committee was scheduled to meet on Nov. 30.

Interestingly, actors Paresh Rawal and Raj Babbar, who are members of Parliament, are also part of the panel which will examine the issues relating to the movie.

Parliamentary sources said they have reached out to Bhansali, but he appeared to be “shying away” from appearing before the panel.

The censor board is yet to clear the film.

The film, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, is based on Rajput queen Padmini.

Members of Rajput community raise slogans and hold placards during the protest against upcoming Bollywood movie ‘Padmavati’ at Faridabad, in Haryana, Nov. 18. (Press Trust of India)

As allegations of distorting history in the film triggered protests in various states, the makers of the movie have deferred its release date.

The film was scheduled to release on December 1, this year, has been deferred and the makers are also exploring a 3D version of the film.

The Karni Sena, a fringe group, as well as the BJP have been critical of the film and a number of BJP-ruled states have already banned it.

The set of the movie was vandalized twice—in Jaipur and Kolhapur—and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was roughed up by members of Karni Sena earlier this year.

Another parliamentary panel has also called the officials of the ministry and censor board over the controversy.