Padmavat to re­lease on Jan 25, Raj govt says won't al­low it

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NEW DELHI: Deepika Padukone-star­rer Padmavat is set to hit the screens on Jan­uary 25 af­ter months of un­cer­tainty and vi­o­lent protests that led to the con­tro­ver­sial film's name be­ing changed from ‘Pad­ma­vati'.

Sources in Vi­a­com18, the pro­duc­ers of the film, con­firmed the film's new re­lease date. A Jan­uary 25 re­lease means San­jay Leela Bhansali's film will clash with Ak­shay Ku­mar-star­rer Padman at the box of­fice dur­ing the Re­pub­lic Day week­end.

Mean­while, Ra­jasthan Home Min­is­ter Gu­lab Chand Kataria said that the state govt would not al­low the re­lease of Padmavat in the state.

On De­cem­ber 30, Cen­sor Board chief Pra­soon Joshi had an­nounced that the film, based on a 16th-cen­tury poem on leg­endary queen Pad­mini, would be given a U/A cer­tifi­cate and sug­gested that the mak­ers change the film's ti­tle to 'Padmavat'. A U/A cer­tifi­cate means all age groups can view the film.

The Cen­tral Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (CBFC) had also sug­gested cer­tain mod­i­fi­ca­tions in the dis­claimer of the film, making it clear that it did not glorify the prac­tice of "Sati", and rel­e­vant changes in the song, "Ghoomar", to be­fit the char­ac­ter por­trayed in it.

The CBFC had clar­i­fied that the U/A cer­tifi­cate would be is­sued to the film once the mod­i­fi­ca­tions were car­ried out and the fi­nal ma­te­rial was sub­mit­ted.

The film was to re­lease on De­cem­ber 1 but was stalled af­ter var­i­ous Ra­jput groups, pri­mar­ily the Karni Sena, al­leged that it dis­torted his­tory, a claim re­peat­edly de­nied by Bhansali. As protests spread and the cast re­ceived vi­o­lent threats, the film's mak­ers de­ferred its re­lease.

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