Padmaavat: Pakistan CBFC ensures smooth release as violent protests disrupt shows across north India
Even as various cases of violent protests against the film are reported from Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Gurgaon, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s epic drama Padmaavat set to release in Pakistan.Updated: Jan 25, 2018 13:29 IST
Even as various cases of violent protests against the film were being reported in various parts of India, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s epic drama Padmaavat was cleared for release in Pakistan on Wednesday.
“Padmaavat has been declared fit for public exhibition in the cinema houses without any excision by Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC),” Mobashir Hasan said. The movie has been given ‘U’ certification.
According to some distributors in Pakistan, there were apprehensions over the movie given the negative portrayal of Alauddin Khilji. Asked about it, Hasan said, “CBFC isn’t biased in arts, creativity and healthy entertainment.”
He said that for the film’s certification, the CBFC co-opted Professor Waqar Ali Shah, Chairman, Department of History, Quaid-e-Azam University as per rules. “A co-opted member has no voting rights. They are for expert opinion,” Hasan explained.
Padmaavat is set for a worldwide release on Thursday. Satish Reddy, Chairman, Eveready Group of Companies, a key film distributor in Pakistan, told IANS that Padmaavat should have a “very strong” response in its first week.
In India, the film’s makers have had a long struggle in getting it to theatres as some Rajput outfits have been up against its release over alleged historical innaccuracies.
Shri Rajput Karni Sena activists have been staging violent protests across some parts of the country to stop the film’s release.
Originally titled Padmavati, the movie’s makers were asked to make five modifications -- including title change, addition of two disclaimers, and some alterations in a song -- before it got a U/A certificate.
Deepika Padukone as brave Rani Padmavati, Ranveer Singh as menacing Alauddin Khilji and Shahid Kapoor as the proud king Maharawal Ratan Singh, the movie -- backed by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions -- sets out to tell a tale of Rajput valour and sacrifice.
The film, replete with Bhansali’s trademark grandeur, is based on the 16th century poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s famed poem Padmavat.
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First Published: Jan 25, 2018 11:28 IST