Censor board clears Padmavati

Story By: Rajesh Sharma
Tuesday, January, 02 2018 - 14:57

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has cleared the release of controversial Bollywood film Padmavati, which tells the story of a 14th Century Hindu queen and a Muslim ruler.

According to Padmavat, the Muslim ruler Khilji led the invasion to the Chittor Fort in Rajputana, motivated by his desire to capture the queen. The men of the city stormed out in a final mortal sally to kill as many of the enemy before falling. Padmavati is said to have committed jauhar (self-immolation) along with all the other women of the city to protect their honour and to avoid being captured by Khilji.

Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh play the lead roles.

The film has sparked nationwide protests by Hindu and caste groups.

As per media reports, a senior member of the erstwhile Mewar royal family, Mahendra Singh, has questioned the Central Board for endorsing Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmavati' claiming the film "misrepresents" revered heroic characters and may cause "social unrest".

As per reports, the censor has  board decided to give the film UA certificate and suggested the director change the title to "Padmavat" after the 16th century epic poem of the same name.

The board also said it wanted a disclaimer to be shown saying that the film did not claim historical accuracy. It also called for a second disclaimer saying that the film did not promote the practice of self-immolation by widows, outlawed in the 19th Century.


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