New Delhi, Jan 25: While Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat is facing wide scale protests in India, the film will have a smooth release in neighbouring Pakistan as the country’s film censor board has given it a ‘U’ certificate. In India, Padmaavat was released under U/A certification after the makers were asked to make a few changes and add disclaimers. Also Read - 9 Hit Films Sushant Singh Rajput Rejected in His Career, 5th One is Surprising
“Padmaavat has been declared fit for public exhibition in the cinema houses without any excision by Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC),” Pakistan film censor board chief Mobashir Hasan told news agency IANS. Also Read - Kabir Singh Writers Siddharth-Garima Speak on Need of Feminist Writing, And a Nepotism-Free Industry | Interview
“CBFC isn’t biased in arts, creativity and healthy entertainment,” Hasan added. Pakistan had recently banned Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif starrer Tiger Zinda Hai over showing Pakistan in a ‘demeaning manner’. Also Read - Deepika Padukone Gets a Doll Version of Her 'Padmaavat' Character, The Resemblance is Uncanny
Smooth Release in Pakistan, Violent Protests in India
Meanwhile in India, the Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh starred movie released on Thursday amid protests and violence in several states. Despite Supreme Court’s order to release the movie, movie hall owners in four states – Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Goa – have decided not to screen the film owing to violent protests by Rajput organisations led by the Karni Sena.
Reports of cinema halls being vandalised by alleged Karni Sena supporters filtered in from Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu and Bihar. In Gurugram, protesters torched a school bus on Wednesday evening triggering a massive outrage against the fringe group.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has come under attack from various quarters for failing to prevent Karni goons from creating ruckus in the Haryana and Gujarat.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi slammed the BJP for doing nothing to control the situation. “There will never be a cause big enough to justify violence against children. Violence and hatred are the weapons of the weak. The BJP’s use of hatred and violence is setting our entire country on fire,” he tweeted.