Censor Board Seeks 26 Cuts, Title Change in Padmavati

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Padmavati is likely to hit the theatres soon with a changed title.

However, a special panel that reviewed the film consisted of two Rajasthan-based historians R S Khangarot, principal of Agrawal College in Jaipur, and B L Gupta, retired head of the History department and professor K K Singh from Udaipur.

The Censor Board has made a decision to give Padmavati - at the centre of a huge controversy and violent protests - a UA (universal adult) certificate, and suggested five modifications, including changing the film's title to Padmavat.

Later on, Bhansali appeared before a Parliamentary committee and maintained that the row over the yet-to-be released movie was just based on rumours, strongly rejecting charges that he had distorted "historical" facts about the possibly mythological Rajput queen, played by Deepika Padukone in the film. Meanwhile the director of the film has agreed to make the changes suggested by the board.

Other key modifications suggested include disclaimers, particularly one regarding not glorifying the practice of sati and changes to the song "Ghoomar" to befit the character portrayed.

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It was initially supposed to be released on 1st December, however, the release date was postponed for an uncertain time.

Days after the movie's trailer released, Karni Sena and other fringe Rajput groups came out on the streets to protest in hundreds.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's periodic drama Padmavati starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, has been at the center of various controversies for the past few weeks. The story revolves around the queen Padmini of Chittore, her husband Rawal Ratan Singh and the adversities they face while fighting the tyrant ruler Alauddin Khilji.

That apart, they have demanded modification in the "incorrect/misleading reference to historical places", Joshi said. "Panel member had insights and also some reservations regarding claimed historical events and socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length". "I am glad that following a balanced approach we resolved the task at hand in a pragmatic and positive manner", CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi said. In March, unidentified people vandalised the movie sets in Maharashtra's Kolhapur district.

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