British Censor Board Clears Padmavati Release on December 1 That Too Uncut

The British Board of Film Certification (BBFC) cleared the release of Padmavati on December 1 without cutting scenes on Wednesday. The British Censor Board has allowed Padmavati to be released on December 1, 2017, for screening in Britain. While the firm Padmavati has been cleared for release in Britain, it is unlikely to be released before its release in India. The producers want the film to be released in India before releasing it in any other country.

Padmavati faced protests in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh

The Central Board of Film Certification in India has not yet given the certificate for Padmavati release in India. Produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the film is facing multiple protests and controversies in various states of India. Padmavati received massive protests from the Right Wings Groups who alleged Rajput queen being shown in poor light. While the makers of the film refuted such claims, the screening has been banned in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. The Censor Board has returned the first application to the filmmakers on grounds of being incomplete in papers.

The British Board of Film Certification has passed the film without any cut in scenes giving it a 12A rating. BBFC said that the film had moderate violence and injury detail. The Right Wings Groups are protesting against the romantic relationship between Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji. However, producer Sanjay Bhansali cleared that there will be no romantic scene or dream sequence between Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji.

Historical Evidence of Padmavati not Clear

Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh have already banned the screening of Padmavati, other states demanded no distortion of history in the film. While there are records of the siege of Chittorgarh by Alauddin Khilji, there is little evidence for Padmavati in history. The story of the film has been mentioned in the poem Padmawat written by Sufi Muslim poet Malik Mohammad Jayasi.

While returning the application of Padmavati to its producers, CBFC told that they have to wait for 68 days to submit a new application. A selected group of individuals who watched the film said that there is nothing in the film that distorts history or hurt Rajput’s pride.



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