Censor board moots title change for Padmavati

31 December, 2017, 02:42 | Author: Greg Santos
  • Deepika Padukone plays Rani Padmini in the film which includes Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh

However, this would be done only after certain modifications - which include 26 cuts and the change of the title to "Padmavat". "I am glad that following a balanced approach we resolved the task at hand in a pragmatic and positive manner", CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi said.

According to the CBFC email the need for the special panel was felt in view of the complexities and concerns around the film, "to add perspective to the final decision of the CBFC official committee". "Panel member had insights and also some reservations regarding claimed historical events and socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length".

The movie, based on the legend of Rani Padmini, a Hindu Rajput queen, mentioned in Padmavat, an Avadhi poem written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540, has been facing protests from various groups, including Shri Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering with historical facts.

Besides Joshi, the meeting was also attended by regular examining committee members, along with other censor board officials.

The final 3D application of the film was submitted to CBFC on Thursday (December 28). However, the protest around the film grew more just ahead of its scheduled theatrical release on 1st December 2017.

The film directed by renowed director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been at the centre of a big controversy with a right-wing group in India's western state of Rajasthan accusing distortion of history in the movie.

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Modifications in the song "Ghoomar" to make the depiction befitting the character being portrayed.

Sources speaking with CNN-News18 said that disclaimers about sati and there being "no intention to distort history" would be included in the film, and that the filmmakers had "agreed to some conditions".

"We will station our people outside cinema theatres and each hall showing the film will be vandalized", Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi, president, Shree Rajput Karni Sena, told media in Jaipur.

End of Controversy?Prasoon Joshi tells DNA that there are no cuts suggested.

The Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) had earlier denied to certify the film on the grounds of incomplete documentation.

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