Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Rajput Karni Sena members protest against Padmaavat outside CBFC office

Rajput Karni Sena members protest against Padmaavat outside CBFC office

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavati", which was slated to release on December 1, 2017, got caught in a political storm, thus delaying its release.

Controversies continue to chase the film even after a clearance from the Central Board of Film Certification and a U/A certificate along with a new title. "We will accept nothing short of a ban on the film", said Karni Sena spokesperson Dr Himanshu Singh.

However, he added on a cautious note, "In view of protests from certain quarters, we are keeping a close watch on the developments". Also, there is no clarity on how many states will allow Padmaavat to release since many political leaders opposed its screening in their respective states.

"The film will witness a mega-scale release across maximum screens, languages & formats covering 2D, 3D & Imax 3D in India & the world". Padmaavat stars Deepika Padukone in the titular role (as Rani Padmini), Shahid Kapoor as Ratan Rawal Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji.

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Gujarat chief miniser Vijay Rupan told reporters that the state will not allow Padmavat to be released. "We have not revoked it, hence there is no question of the film being released in the state".

Nishant Bora, the counsel of Bhansali, argued in the high courtthat the First Information Report became meaningless as the film's name had already been changed to "Padmavat" from "Padmavati", following recommendations by the censor board and experts. In a cryptic reply, he implied, "Jo kaha tha, woh hoga (What I said, will happen)".

The makers of Padmaavat along with its lead actors - Deepika, Shahid and Ranveer, officially announced the release date of their period drama on Twitter.

An official of the CM secretariat confirmed the news of ban stating, "The CM had assured the Rajput Samaj that he would ban the movie if sentiments were hurt".

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