Padmavati row : Censor Board clears film with UA certificate, title change likely, Here’s the new Title suggested

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The controversial film Padmavati is likely to get a U/A (universal adult) certification subject to its title being changed to Padmavat, and deleting portions that were seen to glorify the outlawed practice of Sati.

After being stuck in a long battle for misrepresentation and distortion of facts, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati finally got a ray of hope from the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

According to news agency ANI, CBFC had an examining committee meeting on December 28 to review Padmavati and decided to give it U/A certificate along with some modifications.

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It is being said that the film, based on a poem about a Rajput queen written by 16th century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi, will have to change its title from Padmavati to ‘Padmavat’ and the certificate will be issued once required and agreed modifications are made.

The Censor Board had sought the opinion of two veteran historians from Jaipur on film Padmavati by inviting them to view the film.

These historians include Professor B.L. Gupta and Prof R.S. Khangarot.

While Gupta is a professor of history in Rajasthan Vishwavidhyala and has written numerous books on India during the medieval period, Khangarot is the principal of Agrawal College.

The film, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, was deferred post death threats coming from various religious communities and political parties to the director as well as the lead actor Deepika Padukone, who plays Rani Padmini in this magnum opus film. Apart from Deepika, the film also stars Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.

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