Padmavati row: Censor Board seeks 26 cuts, change in title to 'Padmavat'

Ashley Carr
January 1, 2018

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

"Special panel consisted of Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr Chandramani Singh and Professor KK Singh of Jaipur University".

The Central Board of Film Certification has proceeded with the certification of the film on Saturday, making it a massive relief to the cast and crew of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Magnus Opum Padmavati.

The film got stuck in controversy after various Rajput groups alleged that it distorts history, a claim repeatedly denied by the director.

Joshi reportedly said that filmmakers had agreed to the CBFC's suggestions, but no official comment was issued by Viacom18. The story is narrated in poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi's epic titled Padmavat, which was written in 1540.

The board has also suggested modifications in disclaimers, pertinently adding one regarding not glorifying the practice of "Sati" and also relevant changes in the song "Ghoomar" to befit the character portrayed, he said.

The Bollywood film, which was slated to be released on December 1, was indefinitely postponed by a studio run by a partnership of Viacom and Network 18 owned by Mumbai's Reliance Industries.

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Our people will be outside cinema halls, and each hall that shows the film will be vandalised, the Rajput Karni Sena has said.

He also said that cosmetic changes like changing the title of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film from "Padmavati" to "Padmavat" would not change the facts.

The historical-drama that features Ranveer Singh as Allauddin Khilji, Deepika Padukone as the titular Rani Padmavati and Shahid Kapoor as Raja Rawal Ratan Singh was screened for the censor board on December 28. The members of the panel had insights and also some reservations regarding the claimed historical events and socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length.

"The film was approached with a balanced view keeping in mind the filmmakers and the society".

Karni Sena has been spearheading the nationwide protests against the screening of the film.

That apart, they have demanded modification in the "incorrect/misleading reference to historical places", Joshi said. There will also be changes in the already-released "Ghoomar" song. They even burnt the sets of the movie in outskirts of Mumbai.

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