Padmavati release deferred after protests, Sanjay Leela Bhansali film not to come out on Dec 1

The release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati has been deferred. The film has been in the eye of storm for allegedly distorting history and presenting the queen in a poor light. The makers have dismissed these claims.

NEW DELHI: The release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati has been "voluntarily" deferred, a spokesperson of the film's producer and distributor Viacom18 Motion Pictures said on Sunday. Starring Deepika Padukone as Queen Padmini, the film has been facing controversy over conjectures that it "distorts history" and "demeans" the queen. The film will not release on its scheduled date on December 1 and a new release date will be announced once the "requisite clearances" are in place, said the spokesperson in a statement. Makers have dismissed all claims against the film.

Earlier this week, Central Board of Film Certification returned the film to the makers due to a technical reason. CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi had revealed that the application was returned as it didn't mention if Padmavati was a work of fiction or based on historical facts. The makers had then shown the film, also starring Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, to select journalists who had vouched for the fact that the film doesn't hurt sentiments and upholds Rajput pride.

Joshi has criticised the private screenings and said, "Disappointing that the film Padmavati is being screened for the media and getting reviewed on national channels without CBFC having seen or certified the film. This compromises the role of systems and balances that are part of a functioning industry. It's myopic to treat the certification process haphazardly to suit convenience."


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