The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has decided to give a U/A certificate “along with some modifications” to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial film ‘Padmavati’ and has asked the filmmaker to “likely” change the movie’s title to ‘Padmavat’.
Maharajkumar Vishvaraj Singh, son of Mahendra Singh Mewar — the 76th Maharana of the Mewar dynasty and a former Lok Sabha member, has written a letter to the chairman of Censor board, “Prasoon Joshi” slamming him for agreeing to give clearance certificate to the controversial film, “Padmavati”.
Vishvaraj Singh said he was invited by Joshi to be part of an examining committee meeting to assist the CBFC in the process of certification on December 28 to which he requested some clarifications. The decision was taken in the meeting in the presence of Joshi. The special panel consisted of Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr Chandramani Singh and Professor K.K. Singh of Jaipur University.
Padmavati tells the story of a 14th Century Hindu queen belonging to the high Rajput caste and the Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji. Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh play the lead roles.
Hindu groups and a Rajput caste organisation allege that the movie, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, depicts an intimate romantic scene between the two characters; the producers of the film deny this.
Although a fictional character, Padmavati is deified and held as a symbol of female honour among Rajputs.
The film is now ready to be released in India and worldwide.
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