Good news…CBFC gives Padmavati U/A certificate after modifications

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Padmavati’, which has been at the center of a huge controversy, will get a U/A certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification, popularly called the censor board. The board has suggested 26 cuts to the film and a change in the title to ‘Padmavat after Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic poem of the same name on which it is based’ – and will issue the certificate once the modifications are made.

Padmavati was approached with a balanced view keeping in mind both the filmmakers as well as society. Considering the complexities and concerns around the film, the requirement for a special panel was felt by the CBFC to add perspective to the final decision of the official committee.

The special panel consisted of Shri Arvind Singh from Udaipur as well as Dr. Chandramani Singh and Prof K.K. Singh of the Jaipur University. The members of the panel had insights as well as some reservations regarding the claimed historical events and socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length.

Padmavati’, the 190-crore film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, has drawn angry protests in Rajasthan where fringe groups like the Karni Sena say the movie “distorts history”. Though they have not seen the movie, leaders of the Karni Sena and several politicians say the 13th-century queen, Padmini, has been disrespected by Mr. Bhansali suggesting in his movie that she was romantically involved with Muslim invader Alauddin Khilji.

Mr. Bhansali has denied any allusion to a love story, but several BJP-ruled states including Rajasthan have banned the movie, declaring they will not permit it to screen even if it is cleared by the censor board. ‘Padmavati’ has been produced by Viacom-18; the film’s release was originally planned for December 1, but has been pushed back.

The makers, Sanjay Leela Bhansali Productions, in a written communication to the CBFC had requested that a panel of historians/academicians and members of the Rajput community view the film. The final 3D application of Padmavati was submitted on November 28.

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