Latest update is that Central Board of Film Certification has reportedly made a decision to issue a U/A certificate to Padmavati provided certain suggested modifications are done including a change in the title.
Bhansali, who appeared before a parliamentary panel, had said his lavishly-mounted Rs 150 crore period drama, featuring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, is based on the 16th century epic poem "Padmavat" by Malik Muhammad Jayasi.
The film stars popular actress Deepika Padukone, who was the target of Rajput groups who were against its release. "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. "Panel member had insights & also some reservations regarding claimed historical events & socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length", it added.
Protesters have said the alleged depiction of romance between legendry Hindu queen Padmini and Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji insults the Rajput community. The makers, then, had no choice but to postpone their film indefinitely.
Earlier, the film was supposed to release on December 1, this year. "Considering complexities & concerns around the film the requirement for a special panel was felt by CBFC to add perspective to the final decision". According to CBFC they were in agreement with the modifications. "Cosmetic changes like the proposed change in name will not change the fact that the movie refers to real places, my ancestors and other persons in history with their names continuing to remain the same", said Singh, a member of the Mewar royal family.
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Even after all the conditions are met to CBFC's expectations, there will be another round of meeting and screening before they green light the film to run in cinemas. Now uncertainty surrounding the release of Padmavati might just be coming to an end.
Vikram Singh of the Karni Sena told Times Now: "The cuts don't make a difference when our culture is not protected".
Change disclaimer clearly to one that does not claim historical accuracy.
Some suggested changes are in the song Ghoomar, reportedly to befit the character portrayed, sources stated.