Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati, oops, Padmaavat finally has a release date. The film, after a lot of hue and cry, the film is slated to release on 25th January. The Central Board of Film Certification gave it a U/A certificate and recommended 5 changes including the title change. While it definitely looks like the makers must have breathed a sigh of relief, but reality is a tad bit different.
Despite getting a green signal from CBFC, trouble is not completely over for the makers. In fact, a major challenge waits ahead. As we told you yesterday, Mewar royal family is upset with CBFC’s recommendations and has reached Ministry of Information and Broadcast. Arvind Singh Mewar, who was also the part of the review panel, expressed his discontent for allowing the film to release. He said that it was not about how many cuts are put but more about where the film is historically correct or not. The upset family approached I&B minister Smriti Irani and warned that there could be unrest in Rajasthan if the film is released.
Let us also tell you, the film is already banned in Rajasthan as per current status. But following the footsteps of this princely state, Gujarat’s Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also announced that Padmaavat won’t be released in Gujarat. Gujarat is the second state after Rajasthan to have banned the screening of the controversial period film which is based on Rani Padmini, a 13th century Rajput queen, mentioned in an Awadhi poem, Padmavat, written by Sufi poet Malik Mohammad Jayasi in 1540.
Joining the wagon, Shivraj Singh Chouhan CM, Madhya Pradesh has also announced band on the screening of Deepika Padukone starrer film. “We will not tolerate any distortion of historical facts. The entire country is speaking in one voice that historical facts were distorted (in the movie),” he had said at an event. And now, he reinstated his stance on the film and said, “What I had said will happen”.
Uttar Pradesh and Haryana had indicated in November that the film’s screening will not be allowed are yet to announce their final decision.
Producers are gonna have a major run for money if the ban in states persists! We think the filmmakers and cast have already had their unfair share of lot of trouble and trauma because of the protests, violence and all the controversies that halted the release. What do you think on this issue? Let us know in the comments section below.