Padmavati row: Karni Sena demands resignation of Prasoon Joshi

Anushka Sharma in 'Pari', Deepika Padukone in 'Padmavat'

Anushka Sharma in 'Pari', Deepika Padukone in 'Padmavat'

The Central Board of Film certification approved the release of the controversial film Padmavati and awarded a U/A certificate. "The director and his producers are yet to take a call on when to release the film", informs the source. Joshi added that the makers of the film including Bhansali and producers Viacom 18 had agreed to the modifications suggested by the CBFC.

On December 28, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had an examining committee meeting to review Padmavati, and chose to give it a U/A certificate on condition that some modifications be made and the title likely changed to Padmavat.

Padmavat (i) stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in leading roles and is based on the life and times of the 13th century fabled Rajput queen Padmini of Chittorgarh who chose self-immolation over falling prey to the clutches of foreign invader and ruler of the Delhi Sultanate, Alauddin Khilji.

Besides Joshi, the meeting was also attended by regular examining committee members, along with other censor board officials.

A panel that reviewed the film in a special screening has expressed the view that some of the facts presented in the film can upset the Rajputs and the Muslims, but the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief has ignored that, he added.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Padmavati - now known as Padmavat - continues to be in the eye of the storm. Joshi has said the special panel was only for an advisory objective.


"This was an unprecedented and tough situation".

The certificate as per procedure will be issued once the required modifications are carried out and final material is submitted.

He, however, said his stand is "very clear, which is known to everyone". "The film is an attack on Rajput pride and a distortion of India's cultural identity".

The film got stuck in a controversy after various Rajput groups alleged that it distorted history, a claim repeatedly denied by Bhansali.

Historians are divided on whether Padmini actually existed.

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