'Padmavati' row: CBFC decides to proceed with certification after title change

'Padmavati' row: CBFC decides to proceed with certification after title change

The Indian censor board has asked the filmmakers of the mega budget Bollywood movie, Padmavati, to make 26 cuts and change its title. A panel including Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Chandramani Singh and KK Singh from Jaipur University, had "insights and also some reservations regarding claimed historical events and socio-cultural aspects" which were duly discussed at length.

Latest update is that Central Board of Film Certification has reportedly chose to issue a U/A certificate to Padmavati provided certain suggested modifications are done including a change in the title.

The film got stuck in controversy after various Rajput groups alleged that it distorts history, a claim repeatedly denied by the director.

Sources in the CBFC said the new release date will be decided by the producers after the changes are made. "The film is based on a poem by Malik Muhammad Jayasi", referring to the 16th century Indian sufi poet's epic poem "Padmavat".

The year was about to end on a great note after it came to light that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has agreed to provide certification to Padmavati. The film was originally scheduled to release on December 1.

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There have been widespread opposition to the movie ever since it was rumoured that it included objectionable scene between Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmini.

According to an official of the CBFC, "The film was approached with balanced view keeping in mind both the filmmakers and society".

Earlier in the day, the CBFC has suggested few modifications in "Padmavati", which include changing the film's title to "Padmavat", after which it would be given a UA certificate. The meeting took place in the presence of CBFC Chairman Prasoon Joshi and was also attended by regular examining committee members, along with other censor board officials. It earlier said the film captured "Rajput valor, dignity and tradition in all its glory".

Despite the suggested modifications by a special committee, a group that says it represents Rajputs vowed on Saturday to keep protesting against the movie. They even burnt the sets of the movie in outskirts of Mumbai.

"We had given a whole list of objections regarding the movie", Ajit Singh, president of Rajput Karni Sena, told Reuters. There will also be changes in the already-released "Ghoomar" song.