An FIR was lodged by two persons - and Nagpal Singh - with the police in Nagaur district in March previous year, alleging that the film had distorted "historical facts" and "hurt the image of Rani Padmini". In the midst of much protest, and chaos, the film's release date was postponed from December 1, 2017.
After having a rough journey right from the beginning, Padmaavat, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, and Ranveer Singh, is finally set to hit Indian theatres on 25th January. On Friday, over 70 progressive of the Rajasthan-based Karni Sena were detained in Mumbai while protesting outside the CBFC office against the clearance given to Bhansali's film which was earlier titled Padmavati.
The controversies surrounding Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus "Padmaavat" refuse to die down. Here's a look at how state governments have reacted to the release of the film in different parts of the country.
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"Padmaavat is a cinematic masterpiece in every sense of the word". The Sena, who has demanded a complete ban on the film, gave out the statement, 'The film should be canned and thrown into the flames of Jauhar. We hope that we will surpass the expectations of our fans from across the world.
Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat are ruled by the the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Padmaavat is a story that's inherently Indian in its context, ethos and values.
"But, if despite all these measures the film is released, the women of Kshatriya Samaj will perform jauhar on January 24 - the day when the queen performed jauhar - and at the same site", said Virendra Singh.
Paramount Pictures will distribute the film across select global markets, including non-traditional territories. "Padmaavat will create its own benchmark as an immortal classic when it releases across the world on the 25th of January".