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01 January 2018, 12:47 | Kenneth Drake
Padmavati Should Lose A Letter To Get U/A
Padmavati to be renamed Padmavat as Censor Board clears film with "30 changes".
However, a special panel that reviewed the film consisted of two Rajasthan-based historians R S Khangarot, principal of Agrawal College in Jaipur, and B L Gupta, retired head of the History department and professor K K Singh from Udaipur.
In the latest meeting of Examining Committee on December 28, CBFC made a decision to grant the film a UA certification with the condition that 26 scenes are cut and the title of the film is changed from Padmavatito Padmavat. Though the producers have not issued a statement yet, a senior executive at Viacom 18, which has produced the film, told Mirror that Bhansali and the banner will adhere to the suggested alterations and the editing of the film will commence immediately. "The film is based on a poem by Malik Muhammad Jayasi", referring to the 16th century Indian sufi poet's epic poem "Padmavat".
CBFC has 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.
The film Padmavati, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, was slated to be released on December 1.
Other outfits such as the Rajput Sabha and Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena announced they would not let theatres screen the film even with the changes.
Erstwhile Mewar royal family member Vishvaraj Singh has said that cosmetic changes like changing the title of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming Bollywood film from Padmavatito Padmavat would not change the facts. "The panel members had insights and also some reservations regarding the claimed historical events and socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length", the Board said.
Joshi said the filmmakers, Bhansali Productions, "in a written communication to CBFC had themselves too requested for a special panel of historians/academicians and members of the Rajput community to view the film".
CBFC will have another round of meeting in the New Year before they take a final decision on the film. In March, unidentified people vandalised the movie sets in Maharashtra's Kolhapur district. Protestors were angry over picturisation of Deepika Padukone's song Ghoomar and they also feels that the facts were not rightly shown in the film.
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