'Padmavati' to release as 'Padmaavat' on January 25

Ann Santiago
January 15, 2018

The flick, based on the legend of Rani Padmini, a 13th century Hindu Rajput queen, mentioned in Padmavat, an Avadhi poem written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540, has been facing protests from various groups, particularly the Shri Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering with historical facts. Padmavati was scheduled for a release on the same date but as the film did not get a thumbs up from the Censor Board other films were shifted to avoid a dry spell in the first week of December.

All the three actors, Shahid Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have tweeted the new release date of Padmaavat. Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan stand against the film hasn't changed even after Padmavati becomes Padmaavat. The Sena, who has demanded a complete ban on the film, gave out the statement, 'The film should be canned and thrown into the flames of Jauhar.

Sonam was referring to the months of protests which Padmaavat encountered and all of which snowballed into a huge controversy, which lead Bhansali to take his film to the parliamentary panel to clarify that history has not been tampered with in his period piece. However, Gujarat's Chief Minister Vijay Rupani refuses to lift the ban imposed on the film before the assembly elections citing law and order concerns. We hope that we will surpass the expectations of our fans from across the world. He further added, "Padmaavat is a story that's inherently Indian in its context, ethos and values".

'Padmaavat is our magnum opus - a tribute to the Rajput valour, created at a scale that will be a delight to watch on the large screen. We do not want to see the film.

The film, which was earlier titled Padmavati will be released with its new title Padmaavat as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) recommended while giving a clearance to the release of the movie with a U/A release certificate post the incorporation of "five modifications".

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