Padmavat won't release in Gujarat

Deepika Padukone

After CBFC's approval, makers of Padmaavat changed the title of the film on its official handles on social media including Twitter and Instagram.However, Padmaavat's clearance by the CBFC hasn't satisfied the Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh governments, that have banned the film in its respective states. However the decision has not gone down well at the members of the Rajput Karni Sena, who have demanded a complete ban on the film. The film features Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji.

From being named "Padmavati" to "Padmaavat", Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film has had a tough ride so far. Its leader Lokendra Singh Kalvi alleged that history was being tinkered with and there was no room for a compromise with the filmmakers on the issue. In his earlier statement, Vijay Rupani had said that the movie was banned in Gujarat because it revolves around the life of a woman and Gujarat carries utmost respect for women. But we want it to release as soon as possible.

The filmmakers, too, have denied the allegations.

The long delay for the release of the movie, even after the Censor board's certification can be understood by the fact that the Bhansali camp is keen on working for publicity right from the beginning. The HC, which was hearing a petition by Bhansali seeking to quash the FIR, posted the matter for January 23. After Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat has also banned the film in the entire region. This comes days after Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje announced the same for her state as well.

On December 28, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had chose to give the film a U/A certification along with some modifications and suggested that its title be changed to Padmaavat to befit the source material, Malik Muhammad Jayasi's epic of the same name.

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