PADMAVATI’S Release Deferred

November 20th, 2017 | by eBangla Bureau
PADMAVATI’S Release Deferred


PADMAVATI, Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed Bollywood movie on famed Rajput Queen of Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh, will not be released on December one as announced earlier. Viacom 18,the producer of the controversial movie, in statement said they have voluntarily deferred the release of the film  scheduled for December 1.The delay in its release is due to protest against the movie and apparently after  Central Board of Film Certification headed by Prasoon Joshi  sent back the movie to the producer saying the paperwork related to the film remains incomplete. The Rajput community alleges that Padmavati has been shown in a poor light and the real story has been distorted. CBFC Chairman has slammed the producer for arranging screening the uncensored movie for some select journalists. Some of them have gone on airing their comment on TV channels .Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Jogi Adityanath in letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh has expressed apprehension that law and order in the State will be affected due to the release of the movie as scheduled. His Rajasthan counterpart Vasundhara Raje has urged Union Minister for Information & Broadcast Smriti Irani to ensure that the film is not allowed to be screened minus necessary cut of the objectionable sequences. The movie ran into trouble from day one when Rajput groups started protest over its shooting demanding that the script should be Okayed by them after going through it.The producer said in the statement “We have faith that we will soon obtain the requisite clearances to release the film. We will announce the revised release date of the film in due course.” A new release date will be announced once the “requisite clearances” are in place, the Viacom18 spokesperson said. The censor board can take up to 61 days for a decision on a film’s certification. Rajput groups allege the Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, and Shahid Kapoor starrer movie has invented a romantic angle between Chittor’s legendary Queen Padmini and Alauddin Khilji, the Delhi Sultan, who had vowed to get the matchless queen as his consort. He had waged an unwarranted war and invaded the kingdom for this purpose in 1303.Padmavati along with several other royal ladies had jumped into fire as Khilji with large army was advancing towards the Chittorgarh Fort. After meeting various groups, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje told Smriti Irani that the release of the movie should be put on hold to allow time for discussion. The film should not be released without changes so it won’t hurt the sentiments of any community.  Citing violent protests against the film, Yogi Adityanath said it anticipated law and order disruption if the film was released on December 1. In Gujarat, where assembly elections are due next month, the ruling BJP has asked the Election Commission to defer the release of the film till after the elections. After protests in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Delhi and Karnataka, a leader of Karni Sena threatened actor Deepika Padukone with physical harm. The threat prompted Mumbai police to scale up the actor’s security despite Sanjay Leela Bhansali repeatedly denying the accusation .He also released a video clarifying that his film does not distort history and the film was also screened privately for a few journalists on Friday and Saturday.


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