'Padmavati' To Be Renamed As 'Padmavat'

Dec 31, 2017, 00:59
'Padmavati' To Be Renamed As 'Padmavat'

MUMBAI-The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has chose to give a U/A certificate subject to no cuts, but five "modifications" - including a title change - to Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial film "Padmavati".

Bhansali, who had appeared before a parliamentary panel, has said his lavishly mounted Rs 150-crore period drama is based on the 16th century epic poem "Padmavat" by Malik Muhammad Jayasi. The board has suggested five modifications to the film including a change in the title to "Padmavat" - and will issue the certificate once the modifications are made.

Padmavati", the 190 Cr budget film, has drawn angry protests in Rajasthan where fringe groups like the Karni Sena says the movie "distorts history'.

As per CBFC, the film was approached with a "balanced view keeping in mind both the filmmakers and the society". "Panel member had insights and also some reservations regarding claimed historical events and socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length", the CBFC said. The story revolves around the queen Padmini of Chittore, her husband Rawal Ratan Singh and the adversities they face while fighting the tyrant ruler Alauddin Khilji. The film's makers have been denying the allegation. The review committee, formed by the censor board, included Arvind Singh Mewar and Dr Chandramani Singh and Professor KK Singh of Universities from Jaipur.

Rajput fronts like Shri Rajput Karni Sena and Rajput Sabha, who were opposed to the release of the film, are likely to plan their strategy soon.

The decision to give U/A certificate was taken in a regular meeting of committee members along with the CBFC officials and a special advisory panel in presence of the board's chairman, Prasoon Joshi.

The second objection is to Padmavati performing the "Ghoomar" dance in a darbar which they said is an affront to the Rajput culture as no queen or princess would ever dance in a durbar.

Other key changes in the movie are of the disclaimers, one of which is regarding not glorifying the practice of Sati. In March, unidentified people vandalised the movie sets in Maharashtra's Kolhapur district. Now uncertainty surrounding the release of Padmavati might just be coming to an end. Joshi was also present along with the examining committee members and the special panel which then met the filmmaker to suggest the changes.

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