CBFC to give U/A certificate to 'Padmavati' after key modifications - including title

Tomas Mccoy
December 31, 2017

The board asked for several cuts, and a name change, before giving the film the certification for showing in theatres in India.

As per CBFC, the film was approached with a "balanced view keeping in mind both the filmmakers and the society".

Bhansali, who appeared before a parliamentary panel, has said his lavishly mounted 150crore period drama, featuring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, is based on the 16th century epic poem "Padmavat" by Malik Muhammad Jayasi.

For those unversed, the decision came after an examining committee meeting by the CBFC was held on December 28. Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr Chandramani Singh and professor K K Singh of the Jaipur University were also included in the special panel. "They must have counted the incorrect spellings of some locations for which changes had been suggested", he clarified, adding, "There are no cuts, only modifications".

The supreme CBFC has demanded not one but 26 cuts in a film before they even consider of censoring it. Sanjay Bhansali film never has any nudity, foul language and disruptive violence and similar must be the case with Padmavati hence one wonders what CBFC wants to cut of that film.

On the other hand, Sri Rajput Karni Sena started protesting against the film ever since it was made on the grounds that it distorts Rajput history.

Apart from the aforementioned three changes, the board has also asked for the song Ghoomar to be modified to make the depiction befitting the character being portrayed.

Padmavati was originally scheduled to release on 1 December, but was sent back by the CBFC for filing an incomplete submission before it.

The film's final 3D application was submitted on November 28, the CBFC said.

Members of the organization had earlier this year physically assaulted Bhansali during the film's shooting in Jaipur earlier this year, vandalized the sets of the movie on the outskirts of Mumbai, and then issued threats against Bhansali and Padukone. According to CBFC they were in agreement with the modifications. "And I think the issue should now finally end", Chauhan told ANI.

Despite Bhansali claiming that no historical facts have been tampered with, the hue and cry around the film did not mitigate.

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