Rajasthan government has decided to stick with its decision to not allow the release of Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh starrer- Padmavat despite due clearances by a special panel, including former Rajput royals and Jaipur historians.
Insisting on the ban imposed on the film previously, Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said, “Following earlier orders of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, movie 'Padmavat' will not be released in the state.
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Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial film ‘Padmavati’ cleared several roadblocks, including a change of name to ‘Padmavat’, before getting final approval for release. The date of screening, according to industry sources, has been set for January 25.
The film, mired in controversy over its plot line, has been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which has asked the makers to change the title and suggested other modifications.
The film was earlier scheduled to be released on December 1.
#Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje says #Padmavat will not be released in the state, keeping in view the sentiments of the people. Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria has been instructed for the same. pic.twitter.com/riBQZBkGDe— ANI (@ANI) January 8, 2018
Though Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Sanjay Leela Bhansali have not released an official statement yet, sources in the production house said the film will release on January 25, a day before Republic Day.
“The film is releasing on January 25. There is no clarity when the official statement will be out regarding this,” sources in Viacom18 Motion Pictures told PTI.
On December 28, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) decided to give Bhansali’s period film a U/A certification along with some modifications and suggested that the film’s title be changed to “Padmavat” to befit the source material, Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic of the same name.
The board also suggested modifications in disclaimers and relevant changes in the song “Ghoomar”. CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi had said the producers and director of the film were “completely in agreement” with the proposed modifications.
The censor board had appointed a special panel to review the film as many Rajput organisations were up in arms against the portrayal of queen Padmini in the film even though historians are divide on whether she actually existed.
The period romance features Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in lead roles.