So, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period film ‘Padmavati’ is now ‘Padmaavat’. The Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh-Shahid Kapoor starrer film is finally releasing on Jan 25 after facing huge protests from Rajput Karni Sena, the group that had reservations regarding the portrayal of Rani Padmavati in the film.
Here are 10 changes that people will now see in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’:
1. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), led by chairman Prasoon Joshi, primarily made the makers change the title from Padmavati to Padmaavat, making it clear that the source of the film is fictional, epic poem ‘Padmavat’, written in 1540 by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi.
2. The Censor board asked the makers to change the disclaimer to one that clearly does not claim historical accuracy.
3. The picturization of the song ‘Ghoomar’ was modified “to make the depiction befitting to the character being portrayed”.
4. As a result, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his team released a new version of the song where Deepika Padukone, who is playing Rani Padmavati, got her midriff and the portion between her ghaghra-choli covered via special effects.
5. Producers Bhansali Productions and Viacom18 Motion Pictures were also suggested “modifications to the incorrect / misleading reference to historical places” by the CBFC.
6. An additional disclaimer was attached to the film making it clear that the film in no manner subscribes to the practice of Sati or seeks to glorify it.
7. Initially, it was reported that the CBFC has suggested 26 cuts for ‘Padmaavat’. But chairman Prasoon Joshi denied the news and said the Censor board has suggested only five modifications to the film.
8. ‘Padmavati’ was scheduled to hit the theatres on Dec 1, 2017. But amid protests, the release got delayed. The film, renamed as ‘Padmaavat’ will now release on Jan 25, 2018.
9. ‘Padmaavat’ was scheduled to clash with Neeraj Pandey’s political thriller ‘Aiyaary’ and Akshay Kumar’s ‘Padman’ on Jan 25. But Neeraj Pandey changed the release date of his Sidharth Malhotra-Manoj Bajpayee starrer to Feb 9.
Akshay Kumar too changed the release date of his film to Feb 9 after Sanjay Leela Bhansali approached him with request for the same. Both the makers and actors of ‘Padmaavat’ publicly acknowledged Akshay Kumar’s kind gesture.
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10. The CBFC has given a U/A (unrestricted public exhibition subject to parental guidance for children below the age of twelve) certificate to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat.
Pic credit: Twitter@deepikapadukone
Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.