Padmavati Release Date Postponed Amid Protests


Mumbai: Amid growing controversies over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati’, the makers have postponed the release date of the flick.

According to reports, the film has not received clearance from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) which said that the application from the makers was incomplete.

Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC)

As per sources, the release of Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ has been voluntarily deferred from its scheduled date of December 1.

‘Padmavati’ is facing trouble ever since the beginning. Several Hindu groups are protesting against the movie alleging that it demeans queen Padmini. Bhansali recently shared the video message and rubbished the reports that there are romantic scenes in the movie between Queen Padmini and Alauddin Khilji but it did not stop the protests.

A source reveals that a new date will be announced once the “requisite clearances” are in place.

On Saturday, CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi expressed his disappointment over ‘Padmavati’ being screened for some members of the media. “Disappointing that the film ‘Padmavati’ is being screened for the media and getting reviewed on national channels without CBFC having seen or certified the film. This compromises the role of systems and balances that are part of a functioning industry,” said Joshi.

“It’s myopic to treat the certification process haphazardly to suit convenience. On one hand, holding the CBFC responsible and pressurizing (it) to accelerate the process and on the other hand, attempt to subvert the very process, sets an opportunistic precedent,” he added

“We all must have a responsible, mutually respectful and balanced approach,” he said.

Bhansali, in his video message, has said that ‘Padmavati’ is a tribute to Queen Padmini and he has made the flick with lots of responsibility, honesty and respect.

The movie stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles.

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