Censor Board suggests title change for Padmavati, recommends Padmavat

RSTV Bureau
Mumbai: Akhil Bharatiya Maratha Mahasangh and Akhil Bharatiys Kshatriyahasangh members protest against Sanjay Leela Bansali's upcoming film Padmavati at Azad Maidan , in Mumbai on Monday. PTI Photo

File photo: Mumbai: Akhil Bharatiya Maratha Mahasangh and Akhil Bharatiys Kshatriyahasangh members protest against Sanjay Leela Bansali’s upcoming film Padmavati at Azad Maidan , in Mumbai. PTI Photo

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has decided to give Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati” a UA certificate and has suggested the director to change the film’s title to “Padmavat”.

According to a release issued by CBFC, the board decided to give the film a “UA certification along with some modifications and likely change of the film’s title on the basis of the attributed material/creative source”.

The decision was taken on December 28, when the examining committee met in the presence of CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi and other censor board officials.

Bhansali, who appeared before a parliamentary panel, had said that the period drama film was based on the 16th century epic poem “Padmavat” by Malik Muhammad Jayasi.

The board also suggested modifications in disclaimers, pertinently adding one regarding not glorifying the practice of “Sati” and also relevant changes in the song “Ghoomar” to befit the character portrayed.

“The film was approached with a balanced view keeping in mind both the filmmakers and the society,” the CBFC statement said.

Considering the complexities and concerns around the film, the CBFC appointed a “special panel to add perspective to the final decision of the censor board’s official committee.”

The special panel included Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr Chandramani Singh and professor KK Singh of Jaipur University.

“The members of the panel had insights and also some reservations regarding the claimed historical events and socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length,” said the statement.

The filmmakers, Bhansali Productions, in a written communication to CBFC, had also requested that a panel of historians/academicians and members of the Rajput community view the film.

According to the board, the modification details and CBFC’s decision regarding this film was shared with the producers Viacom and Bhansali, who attended the feedback session post the screening and are in agreement with the changes.

The certificate as per procedure will be issued once the required modifications are carried out and final material is submitted, the statement added.

The film’s release was deferred after various Rajput groups protested against its release alleging that that the film distorts history.

(With inputs from agencies)