Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati’ is not seeing greenlight from Censor Board anytime soon. The film was expected to get a censor clearance after the recently-concluded Gujarat Assembly elections but it now seems the makers will have to wait some more time before they get the release permit.

According to a source at the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC), ‘Padmavati’ might now release in March 2018 as it won’t be certified before the second week of January. “Padmavati could only be certified in January since December is almost over. We have not scheduled the film. There are at least 40 feature films in different languages waiting in the queue before Padmavati.”

The source further adds that the makers of Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor starrer have “unnecessarily complicated its case with an ambiguous disclaimer in its application for certification which states that the film was partially based on historical facts.” Due to the maker’s disclaimer that it’s partly based on historical facts, CBFC will now have to appoint a panel of historians to view this film and scrutinize the content for authenticity.

The CBFC source says all this a time-consuming exercise as the Board will not be functioning smoothly due to the upcoming Christmas and New Year programs. “It’s the year-end; some board members are on holiday and some have called in sick. Forget about appointing a panel of historians, we don’t even have a normal Examining Committee to view all the films.”

‘Padmavati’ was initially scheduled to release on December 1 but it was voluntarily postponed after Censor Board refused to give it the certificate citing that it wasn’t submitted 68 days before the release date.