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CBFC's Prasoon Joshi said only modifications were suggested in 'Padmavati'

02 January 2018

The censor certificate, sources said, will be issued if and when the changes are carried out.

Just when 2017 was about to end, makers of the movie Padmavati got a welcome relief after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) said it would grant it the release nod with a U/A certificate. "Panel member had insights and also some reservations regarding claimed historical events and socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length", a censor board official had said.

Lastly, the CBFC has also the filmmakers to modify the incorrect/misleading references to historical places.

The board had a meeting of their examining committee on December 28 and chose to give the film a "U/A certification along with some modifications and likely change of the film's title on the basis of the attributed material/creative source".

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The modifications needed were shared with producers, Viacom18 and the director in a feedback session after the film was screened.

Padmavati is being given a U/A certificate by the CBFC, subject to some modifications, including the title, which is to be changed to "Padmavat", after Malik Muhammad Jayasi's epic poem of the same name on which it is based.

The board has also suggested modifications in disclaimers, adding one regarding not glorifying the practice of "Sati" and also relevant changes in the song "Ghoomar" to befit the character portrayed, Joshi said.

The periodic drama, backed by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, is directed by Bhansali and has Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kappoor in pivotal roles.

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The film, which was to release on December 1, has been embroiled in controversy over alleged distortion of facts regarding Rajput history, with Rajput outfits and some backed by the BJP, actively protesting its release.

Mr Sanjay Leela Bhansali has came out to deny all allusions to a love story, but there were several BJP-ruled states including Rajasthan which have banned the movie going to the extent of declaring that they will not permit the movie to screen even if it gets cleared by the CBFC. The screening was held on December 28. After a long discussion, the team met with the filmmakers.

Joshi added that the filmmakers, BhansaIi Productions, in a written communication to the CBFC, "had themselves requested for a special panel of historians and members of the Rajput community to view the film".

Having a special panel was not a new precedent set by CBFC.

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"This was an unprecedented and tough situation. But I'm glad that following a balanced approach, we could resolve things in both a pragmatic and positive manner".

CBFC's Prasoon Joshi said only modifications were suggested in 'Padmavati'