Padmavat: CBFC's suggestions resulted in 300 cuts? Here's the truth

Padmavat: CBFC's suggestions resulted in 300 cuts? Here's the truth

The original release date was set to be December 1, but the studio was forced to defer it because of the controversy surrounding Padmavati.

2018 turned out to be fruitful for filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali whose magnum opus Padmavati will release on January 25 as Padmavat.

The flick, based on the legend of Rani Padmini, a Hindu Rajput queen, mentioned in Padmavat, an Avadhi poem written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540, has been facing protests from various groups, particularly Shri Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering with historical facts. Also, the film didn't get a clearance certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification.

CBFC, in consultation with a special advisory panel, saw the movie last month and made a decision to grant the film a U/A certificate with five modifications, including title change and two disclaimers.

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Censor Board chairman Prasoon Joshi came out and dismissed the reports.

There was a strong buzz hinting that CBFC's suggestions demanded as many as 300 cuts in the film. Such an editing process has not been advised since the ex Chief of CBFC, Pahlaj Nihalani asked the makers of Udta Punjab to make 89 cuts in the movie, but the filmmakers refused and moved the Bombay High Court, resulting in their victory. "Let's refrain from utilising CBFC's name unnecessarily", Joshi said.

"However, from the box office point of view, it's a great thing that two big films - "Padmavat" and "Pad Man" - will release on the extended weekend".

In November, Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje had written a letter to Union information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani, seeking "necessary changes" in the movie before its release, so that the "sentiments of any community are not hurt".

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