Looks like Sanjay Leela Bhansali helmed Padmaavat has more problems to deal with. Its official release date is on January 25, but many states have imposed a ban on it. After Padmaavat being banned in states like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, another state has refused to release the film in theatres. Just days before its release, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani has now refused to release the film in the state. CM addressing the crowd said today, ”Film Padmavat will not be released in Gujarat: Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.” Padmaavat has been the most controversial film since its inception and it was heavily criticized for its content. Earlier today, when Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan was asked whether the film will be released in the state or not he said, “Jo Kaha tha, wo hoga (What I had said, will happen).”
The film has received a clearance from the Central Board for Film Certification after the change of title and some script modifications. But despite the alterations, the film has still failed to pass muster in some states. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje announced on Monday that the film will not be screened in the state despite the modifications. “The movie will not be screened in any cinema hall in the state. Rani Padmini’s sacrifice is associated with honour, esteem and pride of the state, so Rani Padmini is not merely a history chapter for us, but is our self-esteem. We will not allow her dignity to be hurt howsoever,” the CM said in a statement. Stating that the decision was taken to “respect the emotions of the public in the state”, Raje instructed Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria to ensure that the film is not screened in the state.
Going by the buzz around the movie and the big faces that star in it, Padmavat would have easily earned somewhere over Rs 200 crore, perhaps even more. However, the Rajasthan government’s decision clubbed with the decision of other states might adversely affect the collection of the film. If all these states follow the same path as the Rajasthan government did, the overall collection will be reduced by over Rs 75-80 crore, according to reports. Besides Akshay Kumar’s Pad Man releases on the same day which shares an equivalent hype adding to its dismay.