CBFC passes Padmavati with U/A certificate, subject to title change

New Delhi: The Board of Film Certification had their examining committee meeting on the 28th of December.

The decision was to give the film a UA certification along with some modifications and likely change of the film’s title to ‘Padmavat’ basis the attributed material/ creative source.

Other key modifications involve those of the disclaimers, pertinently adding one regarding not glorifying the practice of Sati and also relevant modifications in the song Ghoomar to befit the character portrayed.

The meet consisted of the regular examining committee members along with the CBFC officials and a special advisory panel in presence of the Chairman Prasoon Joshi.

The Film was approached with a balanced view keeping in mind both the Filmmakers and the Society.

Considering the complexities and concerns around the film the requirement for a special panel was felt by CBFC to add perspective to the final decision of the CBFC official committee.

The special panel consisted of Shri Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr.Chandramani Singh and Prof K.K. Singh of the Jaipur University. The members of the panel had insights and also some reservations regarding the claimed historical events and socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length. The committee is appreciative of their time.

The filmmakers, Bhansali Productions, in a written communication to CBFC had also requested that a panel of historians/academicians and members of the Rajput community view the film. The Film’s final 3D application was submitted on the 28Th of November.

Having a specialist panel at CBFC has been in practice in earlier circumstances as well. “Aarakshan” a film for which an eminent panel representing a concerned group was created and for ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ wherein Historical experts were called in.

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