‘Pad­ma­vati’ is now ‘Pad­ma­vat’, CBFC sug­gests mod­i­fi­ca­tions

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The cen­sor board has de­cided to give Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Pad­ma­vati" a UA cer­tifi­cate with­out any cuts but has sug­gested that the direc­tor change the film's ti­tle to "Pad­ma­vat" be­sides mak­ing four other mod­i­fi­ca­tions. There were re­ports do­ing the rounds that the board had sug­gested 26 cuts to the film, but in a state­ment, Cen­tral Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (CBFC) chair­man Pra­soon Joshi clar­i­fied that they have only ad­vised five mod­i­fi­ca­tions, in­clud­ing the ti­tle change, but "no cuts". The board has also sug­gested mod­i­fi­ca­tions in dis­claimers, per­ti­nently ad­ding one re­gard­ing not glo­ri­fy­ing the prac­tice of "Sati" and also rel­e­vant changes in the song 'Ghoomar' to be­fit the char­ac­ter por­trayed, he said. Joshi added that the pro­duc­ers and the direc­tor of the film are "com­pletely in agree­ment" with the pro­posed mod­i­fi­ca­tions. The board had a meet­ing of their ex­am­in­ing com­mit­tee on De­cem­ber 28 and de­cided to give the film a "UA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion along with some mod­i­fi­ca­tions and likely change of the film's ti­tle on the ba­sis the at­trib­uted ma­te­rial/cre­ative source".

Bhansali, who ap­peared be­fore a par­lia­men­tary panel, had said his lav­ishly-mounted Rs 150 crore pe­riod drama,

fea­tur­ing Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ran­veer Singh, is based on the 16th cen­tury epic poem "Pad­ma­vat" by Ma­lik Muham­mad Jayasi. Be­sides Joshi, the meet­ing was also at­tended by reg­u­lar ex­am­in­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers, along with other cen­sor board of­fi­cials.

Karni Sena threat­ens to van­dalise the­atres: Hours af­ter the Cen­tral Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (CBFC) ap­proved re­lease of the movie with some changes, Ra­jput Karni Sena Pres­i­dent Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi on Satur­day threat­ened to van­dalise all the cin­ema halls show­ing the flick.

Me­war royal slams CBFC for cer­ti­fy­ing film with­out his con­sent: Ma­hara­jku­mar Vish­varaj Singh, son of Ma­hen­dra Singh Me­war -- the 76th Ma­ha­rana of the Me­war dy­nasty and a for­mer Lok Sabha mem­ber on Satur­day penned a let­ter to Pra­soon Joshi, Chair­man of the Cen­tral Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (CBFC), slam­ming him for cer­ti­fy­ing Sanjay Leela Bhansalis con­tro­ver­sial film "Pad­ma­vati" with­out his con­sent. Vish­varaj Singh said he was in­vited by Joshi to be part of an ex­am­in­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing to as­sist the CBFC in the process of cer­ti­fi­ca­tion on De­cem­ber 28 to which he re­quested some clar­i­fi­ca­tions.

"It is very clear that the movie is about my fam­ily. Cos­metic changes like the pro­posed change in name will not change the fact that the movie refers to real places, my an­ces­tors and other per­sons in his­tory with their names con­tin­u­ing to re­main the same," Vish­varaj Singh said. Through such changes, CBFC has "re­duced it­self to en­dors­ing the prop­a­ga­tion of fic­tion about heroic per­son­al­i­ties and liv­ing fam­i­lies", he said. "Your stat­ing one thing and do­ing an­other ren­ders the CBFC to be just as ig­no­ble as those dis­tort­ing and seek­ing to profit from the his­tory of this coun­try and my fam­ily," he added.

Too early to com­ment: Kalvi on CBFC giv­ing UA cer­tifi­cate: Founder-pa­tron of Ra­jput Karni Sena Lo­k­endra Singh Kalvi has said that it is "too early" to com­ment on cen­sor board's de­ci­sion to give UA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to the film.

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