Padmavati granted UA certificate; to release with new title, Padmavat

01 January, 2018, 00:50 | Author: Celia Hoffman
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Padmavati to be renamed Padmavat as Censor Board clears film with "30 changes".

"Special panel consisted of Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr.Chandramani Singh & Prof K.K. Singh of Jaipur University".

The Censor Board has made a decision to give Padmavati - at the centre of a huge controversy and violent protests - a UA (universal adult) certificate, and suggested five modifications, including changing the film's title to Padmavat.

Some fringe groups had accused the makers of tainting the image of their revered queen Padmavati on whom the film is supposedly based. While many government officials are spewing venom against the filmmakers, some union ministers have suggested Bhansali hold a special screening for the opponents of film and historians. The Bollywood period drama is based on an epic 16th-century poem, "Padmavat", by Sufi author Malik Muhammad Jayasi.

The board has also suggested modifications in disclaimers, pertinently adding one regarding not glorifying the practice of "Sati" and also relevant changes in the song "Ghoomar" to befit the character portrayed, he said. "Bhansali has agreed to change the title in order to release the film", a top CBFC executive told Mirror.

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Other outfits such as the Rajput Sabha and Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena announced they would not let theatres screen the film even with the changes.

Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Padmavati stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. The panellists had some reservations regarding the claimed historical events & socio-cultural aspects of the film, which were duly discussed at length, CBFC claims. "It will not change the fact that the movie refers to real places, my ancestors and other persons in history with their names continuing to remain the same", Singh wrote in a letter to Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Chairman Prasoon Joshi.

Protesters have said the alleged depiction of romance between legendry Hindu queen Padmini and Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji insults the Rajput community.

Rajput organisations, including Karni Sena came against the movie openly and called for a nationwide ban. "Though visually stunning they leave a disturbing impact.They've asked for some shots to be altered", says a source.

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