‘Padmavati’ re-titled ‘Padmavat’, gets UA certificate after five changes

Finally, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ is ready to see the light of the day. The much controversial periodic drama got UA certificate after it was reviewed by the censor board and an examining committee. No cuts were asked to make but was asked to make five modifications including the song ‘Ghoomar’.

Censor board chief, Prasoon Joshi told IANS: “There are no cuts suggested in this film by CBFC, only five modifications.” He said they have asked the makers to change the disclaimer “clearly to one that does not claim historical accuracy”.

The filmmakers, the producers and the director of the film are reported to have agreed to the changes.

The censor board said that it wanted the disclaimer to clearly mention that the film does not claim historical precision, modify misleading references to historical places and also include a second disclaimer which clearly makes the point that the film does not pledge to the practice of Sati or seek to glorify it.

The board also asked the makers to make few change in the song, Ghoomar, "to make the depiction befitting the character being portrayed".

Mr Joshi explained that the board also suggested to change the name from "Padmavati" to "Padmavat" to the filmmakers describing the fictional Poem Padmavat as their creative source.

"The film was approached with balanced view keeping in mind both the filmmakers and society. Considering complexities and concerns around the film the requirement for a special panel was felt by CBFC to add perspective to the final decision," an official of the censor board said.

The film was reviewed by a special panel constituted by the CBFC which included historians after the makers of the film stated that it was partially based on historical facts.

"Special panel consisted of Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr Chandramani Singh and Professor KK Singh of Jaipur University. Panel member had insights and also some reservations regarding claimed historical events and socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length," the board official added.

‘Padmavati’ helmed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali faced the protest of the Karni Sena claiming that the film distorted historic facts thereby hurting the sentiments of the Rajputs.

All well that ends well and the much awaited Padmvati/Padmavat will hit the screens soon.