Padmavati row: Censor Board seeks 26 cuts, change in title to 'Padmavat'

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The Indian censor board has asked the filmmakers of the mega budget Bollywood movie, Padmavati, to make 26 cuts and change its title. The review committee, formed by the censor board, included Arvind Singh Mewar and Dr Chandramani Singh and Professor KK Singh of Universities from Jaipur. The movie has been given a UA certificate.Film Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali had earlier said that the movie was based on the 16th-century epic poem "Padmavat" by Malik Muhammad Jayasi.

CBFC sources say that the title will be changed from "Padmavati" to "Padmavat" and at least three different disclaimers have to be added during the course of the film, sources say.

The Bollywood film, which was slated to be released on December 1, was indefinitely postponed by a studio run by a partnership of Viacom and Network 18 owned by Mumbai's Reliance Industries.

Right from the shooting of the film till the release of its trailer and a song, the Rajput body has alleged that there are two elements in the film which have no historical record. 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.

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The period film was slated to be out on December 1 but became the subject of heated debates and protests, following which filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his producers Viacom 18 Motion Pictures had to postpone the release worldwide.

Joshi said the filmmakers, Bhansali Productions, "in a written communication to CBFC had themselves too requested for a special panel of historians/academicians and members of the Rajput community to view the film". Protestors were angry over picturisation of Deepika Padukone's song Ghoomar and they also feels that the facts were not rightly shown in the film. The meeting took place in the presence of CBFC Chairman Prasoon Joshi and was also attended by regular examining committee members, along with other censor board officials.

The row took an ugly turn when threats were issued against Bhansali and Deepika."Padmavati" also features Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. They will be seen portraying the roles of Queen Padmini, Rana Rawal Ratan Singh and Alauddin Khilji respectively.

The movie had angered a group called the Karni Sena in Rajasthan and other Rajput groups. They even burnt the sets of the movie in outskirts of Mumbai.

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