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CBFC approves Padmavati with U/A certificate and 26 Cuts in the Film

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s historical Drama Padmavati is given a U/A certificate by The Central Board of Film Certification but with suggested modifications which include changing the name of the movie to ‘Padmavat’.

An email received on Saturday afternoon from the Central Board Of Film Certification stated that the decision was taken after the CBFC had its examining committee meeting on December 28. The film’s final application was submitted on November 28.

Other key modifications involve insertion of disclaimers, specially one regarding not glorifying the practice of Sati. There will “relevant” modifications in the song Ghoomar  “to befit the character portrayed”. The certificate as per procedure will be issued once the required modifications are carried out and final material submitted to the CBFC.

Padmavat is the 16th century epic in verse by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi. It is felt that changing the film’s title to Padmavat will reflect that it is a work of fiction and not based on any historical figure.

The Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor starrer has been plagued by controversies ever since its inception. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the movie had an initial release date of December 1, 2017, but was delayed as it failed to get a clearance from CBFC.

Vikram Singh of the Karni Sena told Times Now: “The cuts don’t make a difference when our culture is not protected. We will continue our movement (against the film). We won’t allow pseudo-liberals to destroy history.”

With the new title and the U/A rating, will the decks be cleared for Padmavati/Padmavat‘s release. Or will the Karni Sena’s continued opposition throw a spanner in the works?