Prasoon Joshi clarifies CBFC suggests 'Padmavati' five modifications not cuts

Emilio Banks
December 31, 2017

The censor board on Saturday said it would clear controversial Bollywood film Padmavati after suggesting five major modifications, including changing the title to Padmavat, but the move failed to pacify Rajput groups that allege the movie distorts history.

"If the makers agree with the CBFC's recommendations, then it will get a U/A certification, which means parental guidance for children below the age of 12 years is required for their viewing", a board official said.

The reports said the Examining Committee of CBFC viewed the film on Dec 28 and altered its title from Padmavati to Padmavat.

The board, along with the special panel comprising Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr.Chandramani Singh and Prof K.K. Singh of the Jaipur University, have made a decision to give Padmavati a UA certification. "Panel member had insights & also some reservations regarding claimed historical events & socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length", it added. Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr Chandramani Singh and professor K K Singh of the Jaipur University were also included in the special panel.

Padmavati is based on the legend of Rani Padmini of Chittor and Rajput groups said the film wrongly showcases a romantic relationship between the queen and Muslim emperor Alauddin Khilji, Xinhua news agency reported yesterday.

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According to the board, the modification details and CBFC's decision regarding this film was shared with the producers Viacom and Bhansali, who attended the feedback session post the screening and are in agreement with the changes.

CBFC has demanded modifications in the song "Ghoomar" to "befit" the character of Rajput queen Padmavati being portrayed by Padukone, and changes in the "incorrect/misleading reference to historical places".

However, the Censor Board is planning to move forward with the film's certification but has laid down certain conditions for the makers.

The filmmakers submitted the final 3D application of the movie on December 28.

Padmavati' stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in the lead roles. But the punch has come from Censor Board also as they have rejected to Censor the film until issues are resolved.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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