Controversial ‘Padmaavat’ to be released in Pakistan without cuts, being shown in India with five changes

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NEW DELHI: According to various media reports, the controversial Bollywood flick, ‘Padmaavat’, will be released in Pakistan without any cuts and with a ‘U-Certificate’. According to an unverified account of the Chairman of Pakistan’s Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC), the historical-periodic film has been declared “suitable for public exhibition” in the cinemas without any “excision”.
Mobashir Hasan, the Chairman, shared the information with a website. In India, the Central Board of Film Certification, the film certification body, cleared the movie after the incorporation of five modifications.
A Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial, the mega movie stars Deepika Padukone in the lead role of Rani Padmini. Shahid Kapoor essays the role of Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh portrays Alauddin Khilji, the 13th Century ruler of the Khilji Dynasty.
The magnum opus is 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.
The film hits theaters on Wednesday amidst violent protests across the northern and north-western India. The Rajput community, especially the Shri Rajput Karni Sena, is upset with the alleged tampering with the historical facts in the film.
Protest across India
Rajput community protested against film Padmaavat in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur by brandishing swords on Thursday. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets and raised slogans against the cast of Padmaavat. Many masked protesters were seen brandishing swords. They also burnt tires on the streets to disrupt traffic.
While in Jaipur, members of Rajput Karni Sena took out bike rally in protest against film Padmaavat. Hundreds of bike-borne Karni Sena activists took a whirlwind round of the main streets of Jaipur city and they raised slogans against the cast of controversial film ‘Padmaavat’.
The Sanjay Leela Bhansali magnum opus, which released today, has been embroiled into controversy since its inception. While various Hindu and Rajput fringe outfits have raised objections over the epic drama, the Supreme Court has given a green signal to the film. The top court had set aside the notification passed by the states of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat to ban the release of the movie. Meanwhile, various fringe groups including Rajput Karni Sena have gone on a rampage and are creating ruckus all over India demanding a ban on the film.
Security tightened
On the release day of controversial and much-anticipated movie ‘Padmaavat’, the security has been tightened outside theatres across India on Thursday.
Security has also been deployed outside theatres in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow to avoid any unwelcome situation from the anti-Padmaavat protestors.
However, in Maharashtra’s Pune, the owner of the E-Square cinema hall owner Kishore Ganatra told ANI, “It’s peaceful. The current shows are houseful. Police presence is here; our own security is also in place. All is good as of now.”
On January 23, the Supreme Court refused to modify its earlier order on the controversy-ridden film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
The apex court had earlier set aside the notification passed by the states of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat to ban the release of the flick.
Swamy’s comments
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday said that films like ‘Padmaavat’ have zero historical value. “It opens old wounds, and that is why such films should not be made. What is the historical value of it? Zero,” Swamy told ANI.
He further questioned Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s silence over the issue. “They say it has nothing to do with history, then why are you making it? Also, why is Rahul Gandhi not taking a stand on it?” he asked.
VK Singh’s comments
Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs VK Singh has said that no one is allowed to misrepresent and distort the history in the name of freedom of expression. Talking to media, he further defended the people protesting against the film Padmaavat, saying that protests are inevitable if anything is not done without consensus.
“Whenever we say something about history we must cross check it. Freedom of expression doesn’t give us any right to tamper the history. We should pacify and resolve the situation by talking to the people, who are protesting against the film. They should be asked about their concerns and objections in the film. Whenever there are clashes of interest, things will certainly be messed up,” Singh said.