Padmavati Controversy: Name Change can Get it Released?

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Padmavati is likely to hit the theatres soon with a changed title. The special panel had Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr Chandramani Singh and Prof KK Singh of the Jaipur University.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) said that the title of the movie should be changed to Padmavat from Padmavati.

He added that the producers and director had been asked to run a disclaimer saying the movie does not "claim historical accuracy", and that they were "completely in agreement" with the suggestions.

The movie, based on the legend of Rani Padmini, a Hindu Rajput queen, mentioned in Padmavat, an Avadhi poem written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540, has been facing protests from various groups, including Shri Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering with historical facts.

The CBFC suggested to change the name to Padmavat.

As protests spread across various states, the film's December 1 release was deferred as it did not have censor clearance. It earlier said the film captured "Rajput valor, dignity and tradition in all its glory".

The period film was slated to be out on December 1 but became the subject of heated debates and protests, following which filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his producers Viacom 18 Motion Pictures had to postpone the release worldwide. There will also be changes in the already-released "Ghoomar" song.

The film stars popular actress Deepika Padukone, who was the target of Rajput groups who were against its release.

The censor board further admitted, "The film was approached with balanced view keeping in mind both the filmmakers & society". They said queens never performed Ghoomar, a traditional folk dance.

He said a special panel was set up "considering the complexities and concerns around the film" and "to add perspective to the final decision of the CBFC official committee". The panellists had some reservations regarding the claimed historical events & socio-cultural aspects of the film, which were duly discussed at length, CBFC claims.

The Shri Rajput Karni Sena, a fringe outfit that made dire threats against the film's cast and disrupted shooting in January, reacted with caution to the censor board's decision.