Padmavati, much-involved in controversy as it has been, has finally received certification from the Central Board of Film Certification with a U/A Certification.Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus film has been under public scrutiny and religious groups ever since it was announced.From vandalising of movie sets, to assaulting the filmmaker to openly giving out death threats to Deepika Padukone, the movie and the entire team has been mired in a web of controversies.However, now after a number of panellists in the Central Board of Film Certification, which included historians to Rajasthani royals, the film has been finally granted a U/A certificate. As per latest reports there will be some modifications in the film which includes a change of the title to Padmavat.
A CBFC source said, “The film was approached with balanced view keeping in mind both the filmmakers & society. Considering complexities & concerns around the film the requirement for a special panel was felt by CBFC to add perspective to the final decision.”Another CBFC source added, “Special panel consisted of Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr.Chandramani Singh & Prof K.K. Singh of Jaipur University. Panel member had insights & also some reservations regarding claimed historical events & socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length.”Apart from the title change, there are also reports of a few other alterations that have been demanded by the CBFC.
CBFC Chief Prasoon Joshi revealed that there are only 5 modifications in the movie.Prasoon said, “There are no cuts suggested in this film by the CBFC – only 5 modifications. First, to change the disclaimer to one that clearly does not claim historical accuracy. Second, the title is to be changed from ‘Padmavati’ to ‘Padmavat’ – as the filmmakers have attributed their creative source as the fictional poem Padmavat, and not history. Third, there will be modifications in the song ‘Ghoomar’, to make the depiction befitting to the character being portrayed. Fourth, modification to the incorrect/misleading reference to historical places. And the fifth is the addition of a disclaimer which clearly makes the point that the film in no manner subscribes to the practice of Sati or seeks to glorify it.”