The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has not suggested any cuts in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati, but has asked for five modifications for the movie to get a U/A certificate, censor board chairperson Prasoon Joshi clarified on Saturday. On Saturday, CBFC — following an examining committee meeting — said it has decided to give a U/A certificate to the movie subject to modifications.
Setting the record straight, Joshi told via email, “There are no cuts suggested in this film by CBFC, only five modifications.”
He said they have asked the makers to change the disclaimer “clearly to one that does not claim historical accuracy”.
Regarding the film’s title Padmavati, Joshi said the discussed change is to Padmavat as the filmmakers have attributed their material/creative source as the fictional poem Padmavat and not history. CBFC has also asked the makers to modify the song Ghoomar to make the depiction befitting the character being portrayed.
Additionally, they have asked the makers to “add a disclaimer which clearly makes the point that the film in no manner subscribes to the practice of Sati or seeks to glorify it”. Joshi said these suggested changes “are completely in agreement with the filmmakers — the producers and director of the film”.
Padmavati, backed by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, is directed by Bhansali and features Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles.
The film, which was to release on December 1, has been embroiled in controversy over alleged distortion of facts regarding Rajput history, with Rajput outfits and some backed by the BJP, actively protesting its release.
Joshi said the filmmakers, Bhansali Productions, “in a written communication to CBFC had themselves too requested for a special panel of historians/academicians and members of the Rajput community to view the film”.