Padmavati cleared for release in United Kingdom without cuts but won't be screened

Posted November 24, 2017

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Wednesday declared that Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavati" would not be released in the state.

As the film was suppose to release on December 1, there are over 50 countries where this process (of certification) is on, he said.

"Padmavati" has been facing the wrath of various Rajput groups and political leaders, who have accused Bhansali of distorting history.

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"Besides that the law and order is also our responsibility, so we have decided that we will not allow release of movie "Padmavati" in Gujarat", he said.

After MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan chose to ban the film in the state on Monday, former controversial chairperson of the CBFC, Pahlaj Nihalani, said that a movie can not be banned in a state before receiving a certification from the Censor Board, as the CBFC is popularly known as. Padmavati, mired for months in controversy, has been refused certification by the Prasoon Joshi-led Censor Board because of an "incomplete" application.

His Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath had held the movie director responsible for hurting sentiments of Rajput community, while Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje government had sought edits in the film to remove objectionable sequences. The board has asked the makers to resend the film for revision.

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The latest plot development in the saga of stalled film Padmavati is that it's been passed by the United Kingdom censor but will not release there on December 1 because the producers have chose to wait for clearance at home. Historians are divided on whether Padmavati actually existed.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati which has been in the eye of the storm in the country owing to its historical content has got a clearance from the British censor board despite being deferred in India.

Such reactions have disturbed members of the film fraternity. Many of these groups are giving death threats to the stars and the director of the movie.

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The controversy over the alleged "distortion of history" raged on with an education officer in Madhya Pradesh's Dewas district issuing a circular banning a song from the film from being played in schools.