Release of controversial Indian film ‘Padmavati’ postponed

Mumbai: Bowing to public sentiments, the producers of the controversial Bollywood movie ‘Padmavati’ have postponed its release from December 1.

The film had kicked up a storm in the western Indian state of Rajasthan as the dominant Rajput Hindu group felt its producers insulted history and hurt their sentiments by wrongly depicting the story of the Rani of Chittor Padmini, also known as Padmavati.

A spokesperson of Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the producers of ‘Padmavati’, said on Sunday that the decision to defer the film’s release date has been taken voluntarily.

The filmmakers respect of the law of the land and statutory bodies such as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and they are confident of obtaining the requisite clearances to release the film, he said.

The revised release date of the film will be announced in due course.

According to the filmmakers, ‘Padmavati’ highlights Rajput valour, dignity and tradition. It tells a tale that will fill every Indian with pride.

Censor Board chief, Prasoon Joshi, however, questioned the filmmakers for allowing ‘Padmavati’ to be screened for various media channels even before obtaining a certificate from the board.

Rajput groups like Karni Sena are demanding a ban on the film. Women have been taking out protest marches across Rajasthan.

Teasers showed the Rajput queen, played by actor Deepika Padokone, dancing with ordinary women. According to Karni Sena, her supreme sacrifice of jumping into the fire along with 16,000 Rajput women to escape the conqueror Alauddin Khilji and save their honor has been trivialized by the filmmakers.

They issued a threat to chop off Padukone’s nose and called for a national shutdown if the film was to be released on December 1. Recently, they vandalized a theatre in Kota for screening a teaser for the film.

The director of the film Sanjay Leela Bhansali was roughed up by members of Karni Sena on the sets of Padmavati in Jaipur earlier this year.

Since Rajasthan is going to assembly polls next year, the state and federal governments are throwing their weight behind the protesting Rajput groups.