The Central Board of Film Certification has decided to give Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati a UA certificate and has suggested the director to change the film’s title to Padmavat. The film got stuck in controversy after various Rajput groups alleged that it distorts history, a claim repeatedly denied by the director.
According to a release issued by the CBFC, the board had a meeting of their examining committee on December 28 and decided to give the film a ‘UA certification along with some modifications and likely change of the film’s title on the basis the attributed material/creative source’.
Bhansali, who appeared before a parliamentary panel, has said his lavishly mounted 150 crore period drama, featuring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, is based on the 16th century epic poem Padmavat by Malik Muhammad Jayasi. 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 board also suggested modifications in disclaimers, pertinently adding one regarding not glorifying the practice of ‘Sati’ and also relevant changes in the song ‘Ghoomar’ to befit the character portrayed, the release further stated.
Considering the complexities and issues around the film, the CBFC appointed a ‘special panel to add perspective to the final decision of the censor board’s official committee’. The special panel included Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr Chandramani Singh and professor K K Singh of the Jaipur University.
Bhansali Productions, in a written communication to CBFC, had requested that a panel of historians to view the film. They had also requested the members of the Rajput community, who were against the release of the film, to view the film to clear their doubts.
According to the board, the modification details and CBFC’s decision regarding this film was shared with the producers Viacom and Bhansali, who attended the feedback session post the screening and are in agreement with the changes. The certificate as per procedure will be issued once the required modifications are carried out and final material is submitted, the statement added.