After Rajasthan And Madhyapradesh, Now Gujarat Govt Bans Padmavati

Cheryl Sanders
November 23, 2017

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's troubled epic drama "Padmavati" has been cleared for release by the British film certification board (BBFC). "It is as fundamental as expressing protest and that's all we are saying", said Mishra.

It ill behoves a democracy with well-oiled legislation and judiciary to take situations in our own hands, akin to a lawless state.

The film is in the eye of a storm following protests from conservative groups over alleged tampering of historical facts, a contention Bhansali has denied repeatedly.

Historians, however, are divided on whether Rani Padmavati even existed.

The film's crew is facing several death threats, including a Rs 10 bounty for beheading Bhansali and Padukone offered by a Haryana BJP leader.

The new date of the release of the movie has not been announced so far.

Padmavati has been at the center of a massive political storm for almost a year now, with the protests reaching an all-time high in the last few weeks.

"The government will take a call upon the screening of Padmavati after the decision by CBFC", Khattar said.

In Delhi, Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi, who claims to be a descendant of queen Padmini, appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bar the film from being screened and ensure that Rajput pride was not hurt.

Asked if he had seen the film, he said, "The makers of the film should screen it for those who are protesting against it and resolve the issue". However, Bhansali has clarifi ed several times that there is no dream sequence between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji.

"There is no alternative, but to consign the reel of the film to fire".

"Thank you very much for coming out today and before some ruckus happens here, I need to get out of here." he said during the launch of a popular brand, while replying questions about the details of the movie.

Interestingly, the MP government has also constituted an award in the name of the erstwhile Rajput Queen.

On Sunday, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind "Padmavati", had announced that it was voluntarily deferring the release of the film, earlier scheduled on December 1, out of "respect and regard for the law of the land" and the Central Board of Film Certification.

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