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Karni Sena protests outside CBFC office in Mumbai; members detained

13 January 2018
Karni Sena protests outside CBFC office in Mumbai; members detained

The title of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus "Padmavati" has been officially changed to "Padmaavat", confirms the official social media pages of the film.

The producers also said they appreciate the "balanced approach" adopted by the censor board to address the situation.

The clarification follows Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Prasoon Joshi's statement that no more than five modifications have been suggested to the makers for the film to get U/A certificate. Opposing the CBFC's decision to release the film, a Karni Sena leader said, "Merely changing the name of the film isn't enough".

The Central Board of Film Certification had an examining committee meeting on December 28, where it was decided at the meeting that the movie will be given a U/A certification as long as the makers incorporate suggestions and modifications suggested. All the two actors will be under round-the-clock security cover until the release of the movie. It has also suggested relevant modifications in the song Ghoomar to befit the character portrayed.

Bhansali, who appeared before a parliamentary panel, had said his lavishly mounted Rs 150-crore period drama is based on the 16th century epic poem "Padmavat" by Malik Muhammad Jayasi.

The modification includes changing the disclaimer that the movie does not claim historical accuracy and added that the movie does not subscribe to the Sati system practice.

Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, Padmavat is all set to be released on 25 January.

The statement further said, "Bhansali Productions and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, have accepted and have made all the above changes".

"Padmavat", which was to earlier release as "Padmavati" on 1 December a year ago, has been embroiled in a controversy over alleged distortion of historical facts. However, Gogamedi said: "After watching "Padmavati", Arvind Singh and KK Singh said this film will ignite protests".