“Padmavati” Now “Padmavat”, Cleared With 5 Changes Including A Song
The film, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, 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.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Padmavati’, which has been at the centre of a huge controversy, will get the long-awaited certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification, popularly called the censor board. The board has suggested five modifications to the film including a change in the title to ‘Padmavat’ – and will issue the certificate once the modifications are made.
“There are no cuts suggested in this film… only five modifications,” censor board chairman Prasoon Joshi told NDTV, contradicting initial reports that the board had recommended 26 cuts.
The filmmakers – the producers and the director of the film – are reported to have agreed to the changes.
The censor board said it wanted the disclaimer to clearly state that the film does not claim historical accuracy, modify misleading references to historical places and incorporate a second disclaimer which clearly makes the point that the film does not subscribe to the practice of Sati or seek to glorify it.
The board, however, does want the filmmakers to modify the song, Ghoomar, “to make the depiction befitting the character being portrayed”.
Mr Joshi explained the board’s suggestion to change the name from “Padmavati” to “Padmavat” to the filmmakers describing the fictional Poem Padmavat as their creative source.