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Controversial ‘Padmavat’ finally gets release date

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial movie ‘Padmavat’ has finally got a release date of January 25th, 2018. If the reports are to be believed, Deepika Padukone’s ‘Padmavat’ will clash with Akshay Kumar’s ‘Padman’ that will release on January 26th,2018.

After an in-depth discussion by a special panel and the censor board, the film was cleared for release with U/A certification with the runtime of 2 hours and 43 minutes. Meanwhile, Sidharth Malhotra’s ‘Aiyaari’ has been moved ahead to February 9 to avoid a further clash.

After all the controversy and numerous delays lasting almost two months, will the film be able to generate the same amount of interest and still attract audience members? We will have to wait and see. 

The movie is expected to give stiff competition to Akshay Kumar’s ‘Padman’. While ‘Padman’ will be released all over India, ‘Padmavat’ will release in states excluding Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

Read more: Indian Supreme Court bashes ‘Padmavati’ detractors

Karni Sena and the Mewar royals have continued to hold out protests against the film despite the changes. The movie was approved of its release last month in December.

In its December 28th meeting with film producers, the review committee of CBFC and a special panel of historians suggested five major modifications to ‘Padmavati’.

CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi had said that the suggested changes had been shared with producers Viacom and Bhansali, who attended the feedback session post the screening and the latter are in agreement with the changes.

One of the changes the board recommended was in the film’s title, changing it to ‘Padmavat’. The board removed ‘i’ from the name to make it clear that the film is the depiction of the creative material of the fictional poem called ‘Padmavat’.

Read more: UK cinemas to be torched for ‘Padmavati’ screening

CBFC also asked for the inclusion of two disclaimers; one clarifying that the filmmakers do not claim historical accuracy, and a second that says the film does not endorse the practice of Sati and Jauhar.

The board also asked to modify a song sequence ‘Ghoomar’ featuring the Mewar queen, played by Deepika Padukone.

CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi had said that the suggested changes had been discussed with producers Viacom and Bhansali. Both the stakeholders attended the feedback session post the screening and the latter are in agreement with the changes.

Read more: Indian Supreme Court bashes ‘Padmavati’ detractors

After all the controversy and numerous delays lasting almost two months, will the film be able to generate the same amount of interest and still attract audience members? We will have to wait and see. 

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