Prasoon Joshi clarifies CBFC suggests 'Padmavati' five modifications not cuts

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The board asked for several cuts, and a name change, before giving the film the certification for showing in theatres in India.

We have to see what will Bhansali do finally, while Deepika Padukone, Ranvir Singh and Shahid Kapoor moved to their next projects already but waiting to promote this film. "Members of the committee formed to review the film have opposed it but censor board is taking this decision due to underworld pressure".

After months of uncertainty over Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial film Padmavati, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on Saturday cleared the movie with a UA certification, provided the film's title is changed to Padmavat and suggested modifications, cuts are made.

Other key changes in the movie are of the disclaimers, one of which is regarding not glorifying the practice of Sati.

The film got stuck in controversy after various Rajput groups alleged that it distorts history, a claim repeatedly denied by the director. The source of the portal says that the name of the film might be changed to Padmavat.

The CBFC, by suggesting such changes, had reduced itself to endorsing the propagation of fiction about heroic personalities and living families, Singh wrote.

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It consisted of the regular committee members, along with CBFC officials and a special advisory panel in presence of Chairman Prasoon Joshi. Initially set for December 1st, 2017 release date, the makers have to pick a new date now.

A member of the organisation, Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi, while talking to media persons, said, "They are playing with our emotions". Padmavat is a 16th-century epic in verse written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi.

According to the officials, the decision was taken keeping in mind the views of the filmmakers and Indian society.

The film was reviewed by a special panel constituted by the CBFC which included historians after the makers of the film stated that it was partially based on historical facts. Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh play the lead roles.

Asrani said: "If "Pad Man" picks up the "I" that "Padmavat" drops, they'll have to call it 'Padmani.' From the frying pan into the pyre".

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