Padmavati was one of the most anticipated movies of 2018, which had a star cast and a larger than life film set. With Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s vision, the film was supposed to be a superhit and rule the box office. However, the film got embroiled in heavy controversy surrounding its relevance to actual history and political parties are giving death threats to SLB and Deepika Padukone.
The movie was supposed to be released on 1st December but has now been pushed back until the situation is under control. The censor board is taking matters into their hands and the movie will only get a green signal after certain scenes are pulled out.
The film’s director and cast have reiterated that there is no distortion of history and the so-called dream sequence between Padmavati and Khilji doesn’t exist. A few mediapersons who have watched the film have also said the same thing but it’s falling on deaf ears.
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, the studio that helped make Padmavati, released an official statement on Twitter, which reads:
— Viacom18 (@viacom18) November 19, 2017
Promotions have also been put on hold and a source from the production house said, “We will decide the release date of the film after getting the certificate from the CBFC. We will wait for the censor board to give us clearance and then decide which is the best date for the release.”
CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi said that the board would require adequate time to come up with a concrete decision regarding the fate of the film. “In CBFC, 68 days is the maximum time (to certify a film), it can be less also. We normally do it in a month or over a month’s time (certification). With a film like this, you need to be careful, take opinions, so it takes a little bit of time. It does not mean that nothing will happen before 68 days. If they (makers) want a certificate on time, it is advisable that they take this much time in consideration,” said a spokesperson from CBFC.
The governments of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana have put a complete ban of the film from releasing in these states while the others are seeking proper censorship to avoid hurting the sentiments of the people.
Whatever happens, we hope Padmavati sees the light of day!