Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial period drama Padmavati has been mired in controversies ever since the film’s shoot started. The film, that was slated to release on December 1, has received a number of threats from political and fringe groups, who want it to be banned because of distorting historical facts and showing Rani Padmini in a bad light. Despite the assurance from the filmmaker that there would be no dream sequence between Khilji (played by Ranveer) and Rani Padmini (played by Deepika), the controversies surrounded the film never seemed to have ended. One Thakur Abhishek Som from a little-known Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Yuva Mahasabha has even offered a bounty of Rs 5 crore on the head Bhansali.
In a major development, The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has come to a decision to give Padmavati a U/A certificate. The board has advised the filmmaker to change the title of the movie to Padmavat, after Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic poem of the same name on which it is based.
Other major modifications would include changes in the Ghoomar song, to befit the character of Rani Padmini. The movie would also include disclaimers, particularly one clarifying the practice of Sati is not being glorified.
The certificate as per procedure will be issued once the required modifications are carried out and final material submitted to the CBFC.
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.
Central Board of Film Certification had examining committee meeting on 28 Dec to review #Padmavati & decided to give it UA certificate along with some modifications & likely change of the title to Padmavat. Certificate to be issued once required & agreed modifications are made. pic.twitter.com/tiFIW2gDGD
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— ANI (@ANI) December 30, 2017
CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi has also denied reports of 26 cuts. He said:
“They must have counted the incorrect spellings of some locations for which changes had been suggested. There are no cuts, only modifications.”
Given the complexities associated with the release of the movie and the sentiments of Rajput community, the CBFC felt the need of a special panel. Arvind Singh from Udaipur as well as Dr Chandramani Singh and Prof K.K. Singh of the Jaipur University, were part of special panel. 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.