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

The Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial has been at the centre of the controversy ever since it started rolling previous year.

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. They attacked director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the sets of the film in Jaipur in January earlier this year.

The suggestions also included changing any incorrect and misleading reference to historical places, and modifications to a song in the film in which a Ghoomar dance is performed.

According to reports, the board passed the film, which triggered a huge row across the country, with a UA certificate and some other modifications.

Joshi was present along with the examining committee members and the special panel, which comprised Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Chandramani Singh and Professor K.K. Singh of the Jaipur University. "Panel member had insights and also some reservations regarding claimed historical events and socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length". The release of the film was voluntarily deferred for an indefinite period by the producers.

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Padmavati, the movie which has created a lot of controversies since last few months, has finally gotten a nod from the censor board.

Bhansali was grilled for over two hours by members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT as he appeared before it in Parliament House with CBFC head Prasoon Joshi. Fringe groups had taken to streets protesting against the release and had also demanded an apology from the crew, and had been protesting from Bengaluru to Rajasthan to various parts of the nation. "Rajputs never raise a hand on women, but if need be, we will do to Deepika what Lakshman did to Shurpanakha", said a leader of the group in a video, referring to the act of cutting the nose off.

"Padmavati", backed by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, is directed by Bhansali and features Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapur in lead roles. While the fans are eagerly waiting for the film to release, the film has not even been certified yet.

The Bollywood film, which was slated to be released on December 1, was indefinitely postponed by a studio run by a partnership of Viacom and Network 18 owned by Mumbai's Reliance Industries.

  • Rita Burton