After being in controversy for over a month, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s directorial ‘Padmavati’ is finally going to hit the silver screens on January 25. While the movie will be there on the big screens in some days, it will release with a changed name ‘Padmaavat’ and some small changes. While the film will be released worldwide on the given date, three Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled states have banned its release. While Vasundhara Raje’s Rajasthan government was the first one to ban the film, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s Madhya Pradesh and Vijay Rupani-led Gujarat have followed her.
But unlike Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, the Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state of Uttar Pradesh will not stop the film’s release. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, according to a Times of India report, has said the state government would not stop the film’s release. The report quoted highly-placed sources in the UP government saying that now that the filmmaker has incorporated the changes suggested by the Censor Board, there is no reason why the release of the film should be stopped.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati”, retitled as “Padmavat”, only has five “modifications” that were recommended by the Censor Board. The long-drawn battle between the makers of the film and the CBFC ended on December 28 last year after the CBFC decided to give U/A certificate to the period drama. The producers have said they appreciate the “balanced approach” adopted by the Censor Board to address the situation. A statement issued by Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd stated, “We appreciate the balanced and considered approach that CBFC has taken to address this situation. They had suggested five modifications.”
Modifications suggested by CBFC comprised changing the disclaimer, assigning title ‘Padmavat’ and amending ‘Ghoomar’ song. “Change the disclaimer to one that clearly does not claim historical accuracy. The title is to be changed from ‘Padmavati’ to ‘Padmavat’ as the filmmakers have attributed their creative source as the fictional poem ‘Padmavat’ and not history. “Modifications to the song ‘Ghoomar’ to make the depiction befitting to the character being portrayed. Modifications to the incorrect/misleading reference to historical places. Addition of a disclaimer, which clearly makes the point that the film in no manner subscribes to the practice of Sati or seeks to glorify it,” the statement added.