Bhansali's Padmavati gets U/A certificate from CBFC

CBFC's riders: 'Padmavat' instead of Padmavati and 26 changes

'Padmavati' cleared by CBFC, film title to be changed

Moreover, the certificate will be issued once the required modifications are done.

Earlier in the day, it was reported that Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati, which was scheduled to release on December 1 has finally managed to get UA certificate from the the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and that the film will release in 2018.

Among the modifications, the body has suggested "to change the disclaimer clearly to one that does not claim historical accuracy" and to further add a point that the film in no manner subscribes to the practice of Sati or seeks to glorify it. "The incorrect or misleading reference to historical places must be modified".

While some reports were doing the rounds that the CBFC has demanded 26 cuts in the film, the censor board's chief, Prasoon Joshi, told India Today that there is no truth to this.

The title of Padmavati is likely to be changed to Padmavat, the name of Malik Muhammad Jayasi's poem based on Rani Padmini.

The censor board chief said the film's producer Viacom and Bhansali are "completely in agreement with the changes".

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He said that this was not the first instance that a special panel was appointed for the certification process as a similar practice was followed while certifying "Jodhaa Akbar" and "Aarkashan".

Padmavati got stuck in controversy after various Rajput groups alleged that it distorts history in its depiction of Padmavati - a purported 12th-century queen who became the subject of the obsession of ruler Alauddin Khilji - a claim repeatedly denied by the director. The screening was held on December 28. A long discussion ensued, post which the makers of the film were met as well, he revealed. "The members of the panel had insights and also some reservations regarding the claimed historical events and socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length", Joshi said.

Joshi said, the filmmakers, Bhansali Productions, in a written communication to CBFC, had also requested that a panel of historians/academicians and members of the Rajput community view the film.

Explaining the reason behind the need for a special panel, he said, "Considering the complexities and concerns around the film, the requirement for a special panel was felt by CBFC to add perspective to the final decision of the CBFC official committee". Given the violent protests that broke out, CBFC also consulted a panel of historians.

Overall, Prasoon Joshi admitted giving the movie U/A certification "was an unprecedented and tough situation". "But I'm glad that following a balanced approach, we could resolve things in both a pragmatic and positive manner".

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