Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmaavat" might have stoked controversy in Rajashthan first, but at least three other states have said no to screening the film despite getting a U/A certification from the CBFC.
Earlier, the members of the Rajput Karni Sena staged a protest and also vandalised cinema in Jaipur.
Being a perfectionist, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali wasn't willing to remove those shots as such editing would disturb the choreographic flow of the elegant dance sequence.
As we saw in the trailer previous year, the film stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji. A home department official has stated two days ago that there was no order to ban the proposed release of the film as yet. And Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani just made Kalvi's words come true by banning Padmaavat in the state.
The Karni Sena spokesperson also slammed the Censor Board for adopting a populist approach and clearing he film for exhibition. We hope that we will surpass the expectations of our fans from across the world. "We are humbled with the vast support we have received from the government authorities, the Central Board of Film Certification and the entire film fraternity", said Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom18.More news: Martin O'Neill turns down the chance to manage Stoke City
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"It's a story that is inherently Indian in its context, ethos and values".
The film has been granted clearance from the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) after shortening of the title and some modifications in the script.
After having a rough journey right from the beginning, Padmaavat, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, and Ranveer Singh, is finally set to hit Indian theatres on 25th January.
Paramount Pictures will distribute the film across select worldwide markets, including non-traditional territories.