The film Padmavaat had faced a lot of controversies before its release. The film struggled a lot to release in India but then in the end it released. News reports claim that the film is now barred from screening in Malaysia over concerns regarding Islamic issues.
Malaysia’s National Film Censorship Board (LPF) has banned the Snajay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavaat from being released in Malaysia. LPF chairman Mohd Zamberi Abdul Aziz said in a statement that the storyline of the film itself is of grave concern as “Malaysia is a Muslim majority country.”
“The storyline of the film touches on the sensitivities of Islam. That in itself is a matter of grave concern in Malaysia, a Muslim-majority country,” Abdul Aziz said in a conference.
Based on 16th century poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s poem Padmavat, the film faced many problems in India after protests from a Rajput outfit Shri Rajput Karni Sena over allegations that the movie depicts some historical facts and damages the pride of the Rajput community. The film was finally released in India on January 25.
After the release of the film, the film had some bad reviews people criticizing on the movie, The post film reviews have been mixed as some people also loved the film and the visuals as showing Alauddin Khilji as a demon like figure. The distributor in Malaysia is expected to appeal to the LPF to make a decision on behalf of the film Padmvaat and to release it in Malaysia.
Malaysia has a history of banning films which they think are causing a dent on the religion. Last time Malaysia banned Disney’s Beauty and the Beast just because they thought that it showed Gay moments, before giving it a pg13 license. Well Malaysia has some strics laws regarding films. What will happen will the Malaysian film association let the film air on the big screens or not?