01 January, 2018
India's censors on Saturday cleared a controversial film backed by Viacom Inc that looks into the relationship of a Hindu queen and a Muslim ruler, after suggesting some modifications. The special panel consisted of Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr Chandramani Singh and professor KK Singh of Jaipur University.
"According to a release issued by the CBFC, the board had a meeting of its examining committee December 28 and made a decision to give the film a "UA certification" along with some modifications and likely change of the film's title on the basis of the attributed material/creative source".
Padmavati", the 190 Cr budget film, has drawn angry protests in Rajasthan where fringe groups like the Karni Sena says the movie "distorts history'.
Earlier, appearing before the parliamentarian panel, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali mentioned that the movie - featuring Bollywood stars like Shahid Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh - is based on "Padmavat" - an epic 16 century poem by Malik Muhammed Jayasi.
Earlier, the film was supposed to release on December 1, this year. The Sri Rajput Karna Sena is still against the film. Sources said the modification details and the CBFC's decision regarding Padmavati were shared with the producers, Viacom18 and the director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and they have in principle accepted to this condition of modifications.
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Bhansali and lead actress Deepika Padukone, who plays the title role of Padmavati, also received death threats over the release of the movie. There will also be changes in the already-released "Ghoomar" song. "Panel member had insights and also some reservations regarding claimed historical events and socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length", NDTV reported citing a board official.
Joshi said the filmmakers, Bhansali Productions, "in a written communication to CBFC had themselves too requested for a special panel of historians/academicians and members of the Rajput community to view the film".
A member of the organisation, Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi, while talking to media persons, said, "They are playing with our emotions".
"We had given a whole list of objections regarding the movie", Ajit Singh, president of Rajput Karni Sena, told Reuters.