CBFC wants the Padmavati title to be modified as Padmavat

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati finally gets a green signal from CBFC after few modifications

The Censor Board has given a green signal to Deepika Padukone-starrer Padmavati, which is likely to be renamed as "Padmavat" for release with a U/A certificate. Talking about how the decision was reached upon, Joshi revealed, "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 after viewing the film on the evening of December 28".

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's historical drama "Padmavati", which has been at the centre of a huge controversy, will get a U/A certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification.

Other key changes in the movie are of the disclaimers, one of which is regarding not glorifying the practice of Sati.

Members of hardline Hindu fringe groups as well as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had criticized the film "Padmavati", accusing its director of distorting history by showing Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji as the "lover" of Queen Padmavati, belonging to the Rajput Hindu warrior clan.

Further mentioning that the film was reviewed by a special panel made by the CBFC, comprising of historians, the official added, "Special panel consisted of Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr Chandramani Singh and Professor KK Singh of Jaipur University".

As protests spread across various states, the film's December 1 release was deferred as it didn't have censor clearance.

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Given the complexities associated with the release of the movie and the sentiments of Rajput community, the CBFC felt the need of a special panel.

The board's suggested modifications include changing the film's name to Padmavat, after the 16th century epic poem of the same name that the film is based on. "I am glad that following a balanced approach we resolved the task at hand in a pragmatic and positive manner", CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi said.

The CBFC's suggestions were also slammed by a Mewar royal, who expressed his disappointment in a letter to Joshi.

A member of the organisation, Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi, while talking to media persons, said, "They are playing with our emotions".

"Padmavati" also features Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.

But there is good news for fans who are had been eagerly waiting to see the film. "They are in agreement with the modifications", the Board said.

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