"There Are No Cuts Only 5 Modifications", A CBFC Source On Padmavati

Javier Stokes
January 1, 2018

Source at the censor board said that the makers of "Padmavati" had "unnecessarily complicated its case" with an ambiguous disclaimer in its application for certification which stated that the film was partially based on historical facts. 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 Censor Board has chose to give Padmavati - at the centre of a huge controversy and violent protests - a UA (universal adult) certificate, and suggested five modifications, including changing the film's title to Padmavat.

He added that the producers and director had been asked to run a disclaimer saying the movie does not "claim historical accuracy", and that they were "completely in agreement" with the suggestions.

From warnings to director Bhansali and also lead actress Deepika Padmavathi, to offering bounty for axing their head, organisations like Karni Sena stoked the Hindutva agenda in the name of this film. However, the protest around the film grew more just ahead of its scheduled theatrical release on 1st December 2017. The protesters against the film, which has been embroiled in controversy for a few months, however, say their agitation against it will continue.

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Mumbai: The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), popularly known as the censor board, on Saturday chose to provide Sanjay Leela Bhansali's much troubled movie "Padmavati" a U/A certificate and suggested the director to change the film's title to "Padmavat". "Panel member had insights and also some reservations regarding claimed historical events and socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length", NDTV reported citing a board official. It read, "The film was approached with balanced view keeping in mind both the filmmakers & society".

Rajput organisations, including Karni Sena came against the movie openly and called for a nationwide ban. 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.

CBFC has also asked the makers to modify the song "Ghoomar" to make the depiction befitting the character being portrayed.

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