After Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh to stall Padmavat release

Deepika Padukone plays the titular role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavat
Deepika Padukone plays the titular role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavat
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15 January, 2018

"Padmaavat" was caught in a row over claims by Rajput groups backed by a section of the BJP that it distorts history. Protests by the Rajput Karni Sena forced the makers to postpone the film's release date.

Writing's on the wall that Padmaavat will release on 25 January with Padman but no announcement from the people involved in this film came until today when everyone attached to film put out a poster. It stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji.

The CBFC has cleared the film with a few changes including the title of the film from Padmavati to Padmaavat.

While Rajasthan has banned Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavat, the chief ministers of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, too, have expresed their reservations over letting the film be released in their respective states. The protestors shouted slogans and demanded that the film not be released until they see it and also objected to the UA certificate given to the film. Gujarat became the second state to ban the film after the Rajasthan government led by chief minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia.

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However, Justice Sandeep Mehta refused to pass an order on the petition before watching the film and asked Bora to arrange for a special screening for the court. We hope that we will surpass the expectations of our fans from across the world. "We have not revoked it, hence there is no question of the film being released in the state".

"It's a story that is inherently Indian in its context, ethos and values".

"Padmaavat is our magnum opus - a tribute to Rajput valour created at a scale that will be a delight to watch on the large screen". We have partnered with Paramount Pictures to distribute the film across select worldwide markets including non-traditional territories.

Other states, including Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, which had indicated that the film will not be allowed to be released in November - are yet to announce their final decisions.


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