After Rajasthan, Gujarat bans release of Padmaavat

Danny Woods
January 15, 2018

Jaipur/Chittorgarh: In a new twist to the ongoing controversy over release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's movie "Padmaavat", female members of Kshatriya community in Chittorgarh on Saturday threatened to perform "jauhar" (self-immolation) if the screening of the film is not stopped by the government. "We will accept nothing short of a ban on the film", said Karni Sena spokesperson Dr Himanshu Singh.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavati", which was slated to release on December 1, 2017, got caught in a political storm, thus delaying its release. "We want the film to be banned in the whole country".

Things have been slowly starting to work in favor of Deepika Padukone starrer Padmavati, with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) finally according it a U/A rating.

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Gujarat is the second Indian state after Rajasthan to have banned the screening of the controversial Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial. "We have heard that it is releasing on January 25 and if it happens, we will take to streets and appeal to our youths to hold public curfew at cinema halls", Kalvi told reporters. We hope that we will surpass the expectations of our fans from across the world. "We are humbled with the huge support we have received from the government authorities, the Central Board of Film Certification and the entire film fraternity", Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom18 said in a statement. He further added, "Padmaavat is a story that's inherently Indian in its context, ethos and values".

"Bhansali said in a statement: "'Padmaavat' is a dream come true for me. Film was earlier titled Padmavati but censor board asked the makers to change the name in order to base it completely upon 16th century sufi poetry of Malik Mohammad Jayasi called Padmaavat. We have partnered with Paramount Pictures to distribute the film across select worldwide markets including non-traditional territories.

Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the makers Padmaavat, on Sunday announced that the film will hit the screens on January 25 in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.

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