Padmaavat release in Pakistan: As things heat up back home, relief for Deepika Padukone, others in neighbouring country

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Published: January 25, 2018 1:28:29 PM

While Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh starrer Padmaavat is still trying to squeeze its way into theatres, the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film has been cleared for release in Pakistan, said the censor board's top official there.

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While Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh starrer Padmaavat is still trying to squeeze its way into theatres, the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film has been cleared for release in Pakistan, said the censor board’s top official there. “‘Padmaavat’ has been declared fit for public exhibition in the cinema houses without any excision by Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC),” Mobashir Hasan told IANS via social media from Islamabad. To top it all, the film has also been given a ‘U’ certification. According to some distributors in Pakistan, there were apprehensions over the movie given the negative portrayal of Alauddin Khilji. Asked about it, Hasan said: “CBFC isn’t biased in arts, creativity and healthy entertainment.” He said that for the film’s certification, the CBFC co-opted Professor Waqar Ali Shah, Chairman, Department of History, Quaid-e-Azam University as per rules.

Meanwhile in India Padmaavat has met with the wrath of the Karni Sena members who are of the opinion that the film has distorted facts of history and shows Rani Padmavati in the wrong light. Despite critical views from the media across the landscape that the film is nothing less of a glorification of the Rajput culture, the reviews did not meet with their satisfaction. Shri Rajput Karni Sena activists have been staging violent protests across some parts of the country to stop the film’s release. Originally titled “Padmavati”, the movie’s makers were asked to make five modifications — including title change, the addition of two disclaimers, and some alterations in a song — before it got a U/A certificate.

The film which is releasing today is still witnessing ample protests around the country. While some theatre owners have refrained from screening the period film, others have opened to the audience with tight security in place. Matters turned worse when a group of people protesting against the release of the film pelted stones at a school bus with students still inside in Gurugram. This has created a situation of panic among guardians and keeping up with the safety measures Gurugram schools will remain closed till Sunday.

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