By RAHUL RAUT
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati’ which was scheduled to release on 1st December was voluntarily deferred after the India’s Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) refused to certify the film. The CBFC cited the incomplete application form as the reason to reject its screening. The makers had then promptly reapplied for certification and now we have learnt that the Censor Board will see the film by the end of this month.
The latest reports suggest that the Censor Board examining committee will view the Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor starrer historical movie on December 20. Viacom 18 Movies which has produced this film is hoping to get the clearance from CBFC by the end of this month. The production house is also eyeing to release this film in February 2018. The exact worldwide release date will be finalized after discussing with the trade pundits.
Meanwhile, Sanjay Leela Bhansali (SLB) is reportedly planning to meet the chief ministers of the states that have opposed the release of ‘Padmavati’. According to reports, the director will be meeting the chief ministers or state representatives of the five states – Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat – that have banned the movie.
“Since the alleged romantic sequence between Rani Padmini and Alauddin Khilji was the bone of contention, Bhansali reiterated before the parliamentary panel that his film doesn’t have any such scene. Now, he wants to know why certain states have banned the film and how they can come to a common ground. The meetings will take place over the next week,” a leading daily reported quoting a source.
Since the film is set in Rajasthan and captures a historical event of that state, SLB’s main priority is said to be his meeting with Rajasthan’s chief minister Vasundhara Raje. The meeting is being worked out and soon the director will visit Raje to address his concerns to ensure film’s release.
‘Padmavati’ is facing the allegations from Rajput groups and other fringe groups that it depicts factual inaccuracies, portraying the Rajput queen Padmavati in a bad light. Despite the makers repeatedly refuting the claim and clarifying that the film has been made considering Rajput valour, dignity and tradition in all its glory, the film has been banned in five states of India.