Padmavati to lose ‘i’, aye, aye for Padmavat
Mumbai, December 30
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has decided to give Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial ‘Padmavati’ a U/A certificate and suggested that he change the film’s title to ‘Padmavat’, to which he has reportedly agreed.
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The film got stuck in controversy after various Rajput groups alleged that it distorts history. As protests spread across various states, the December 1 release was deferred as the film didn’t have a censor clearance.
The CBFC held a meeting of its examining committee on December 28 and decided 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”.
Director Bhansali, who appeared before a parliamentary panel, said his Rs crore period drama, featuring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, was based on the 16th century epic poem ‘Padmavat’ by Malik Muhammad Jayasi.
The board also suggested modifications in disclaimers — one regarding not glorifying the practice of Sati and also relevant changes in the song “Ghoomar” to befit the character portrayed.
The meeting was attended by CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi, who said they had only suggested five modifications, including the title change, but “no cuts”. Considering the complexities and concerns around the film, the CBFC appointed a “special panel to add perspective to the final decision of the censor board’s official committee”.
Bhansali Productions, in a written communication, had requested that a panel of historians/academics and members of the Rajput community viewed the film. According to the board, producers Viacom and Bhansali, who attended the feedback session post the screening, were in agreement with the changes.
“The certificate, as per procedure, will be issued once the required modifications are carried out,” the board said. — PTI
Rajput bodies wary
Founder-patron of Rajput Karni Sena Lokendra Singh Kalvi said it was “too early” to comment on the board’s decision. “A lot of clarifications are yet to come. It was proposed that the film will be reviewed by a panel of nine intellectuals, but it was reviewed by only three. Also, the recommendations of the panel are not in the public domain.” Rajput Sabha chief Giriraj Singh Lotwara said it was unfortunate that the board wanted to “favour” the film producers. “We will continue to protest in a democratic manner,” he said. PTI
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