Mumbai: Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Prasoon Joshi on Tuesday rubbished the reports about 300 hundred cuts in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s historical drama ‘Padmavat’.
After a long wait, finally ‘Padmavat’ (formerly Padmavati) is all set to hit the big screens on January 25. Reports were doing the rounds that Bhansali has been instructed to delete all references to Delhi, Chittorgarh and Mewar from the film and the modification demanded by the CBFC has resulted in 300 cuts.
“The makers have submitted the final film with agreed five modifications which has already been communicated and a U/A certificate has been given to the film. CBFC’s process is complete and any further news about cuts is absolutely untrue. Let’s refrain from utilizing CBFC’s name unnecessarily,” Joshi said.
A report by a daily reported that to suit the demands of the CBFC, “one of Bollywood’s leading directors was sitting in the editing suite at Rajkamal Studio at Parel, turning the specific locations of his magnum opus into la la land”
‘Padmavat’ was scheduled to release on December 1but the movie landed in controversies as several Hindu groups and political leaders staged protest against the flick, accusing the director of distorting history.
The Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor starrer will now be named after Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s 16th century epic poem of the same name on which it is purportedly based.
According to reports, ‘Padmavat’ will not be released in Rajasthan.