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Five major modifications needed in Padmavati including name of the movie- Censor board

The censor board on Saturday said it would clear controversial Bollywood film Padmavati after suggesting five major modifications, including changing the title to Padmavat, but the move failed to pacify Rajput groups that allege the movie distorts history.

A fringe group warned of vandalising cinema halls if the ~150crore movie was released and Vishvaraj Singh, a descendent of the royal family of Mewar, called the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) “ignoble and unprofessional”.

The CBFC agreed to clear Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati with a U/A certificate and asked the filmmakers to put in a disclaimer that the movie does not claim historical accuracy and does not in any way subscribe to or seek to glorify Jauhar — the banned practice of a Continue reading

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Anarkali does not exist in history. Will they ban Mughal-e-Azam if released today

Anarkali does not exist in history. Will they ban Mughal-e-Azam if released today: Rahul Rawail on Padmavati row

Film director and Panaroma Jury Head of the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Rahul Rawail expressed solidarity with the makers of Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh-starrer Padmavati.

Comparing the movie with the yesteryear classic, Mughal-e-Azam, which was also a variation of history, Rawail reasoned that Padmavati did not warrant protestation. “Anarkali is a completely fictitious character. Anarkali does not exist in history. If today Mughal-e-Azam is released, will they ban it? They will not,” Rawail said. Continue reading

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After M.P., Gujarat also banned Padmavati

NEW DELHI/AHMEDABAD: Gujarat joined Madhya Pradesh in banning controversial Bollywood film Padmavati on Wednesday as the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) backed protesters and said it will tell filmmakers not to hurt Hindu sentiments.

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani told reporters that his government would not allow Padmavati to be released because it hurt the sentiment of the Rajput community. “There are issues with the film, our sympathy is with those who are protesting against it…” he said. The decision was taken keeping in mind the law and order situation before elections next month in the state, he added. Continue reading

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M.P. banned Padmavati movie and Rajasthan wants necessary changes

NEW DELHI/BHOPAL/CHANDIGARH: Madhya Pradesh banned Bollywood film Padmavati on Monday but the Supreme Court refused to stay its release.

The top court said the film was yet to get the censor board’ s clearance. According to a three-judge bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, the court can’ t stop a statutory body, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), from carrying out its duty.

The CBFC returned the film to the producers, saying the application form was “incomplete ”.

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