The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC)indeed made it a Happy New Year for Sanjay Leela Bhansali after they finally decided to give the film a go ahead, though with a few alterations. The special panel that included a special panel of historians, saw the film and gave it a U/A certificate. They have also suggested a change in title for the film, making it Padmavat. Commenting on all this, former CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani spoke of why Padmavati was finally cleared. Also Read - Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh Recount Their Love Story, Say 'Ang Laga De Kiss Was So Intensely Passionate'

Talking to News18.com, Nihalani said that CBFC previously were under pressure from all quarters. “Ab mahaul shaant hai. I think this happened now because they must have felt this was a peaceful time to release the film,” said Nihalani. “Why did it (censor board) delay watching the movie? It is a questionable thing. We go according to the queue…. There was pressure on the CBFC from all quarters. Political motives were involved behind delaying it… Hindi cinema suffers because of politics,” he said. “On the one hand, there is so much stress to promote Hindi language. But it is the Hindi movie industry which ends up suffering; the producer of this Hindi film has incurred losses and the people have been made to wait,” Nihalani said. ALSO READ: Twitterati Rejoices As Padmavati Gets Cleared By The CBFC Also Read - Hrithik Roshan-Deepika Padukone Become 'Fighter' For Siddharth Anand, Film Releases on Sept 30, 2022

Sharing a similar incident, Nihalani shared how he dealt with the release of Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan: “The ministry was not ready for the festive release of Bajrangi Bhaijan. They were skeptical that it would lead to law and order problem, but I did not give in. I resorted to the guidelines and watched the movie to clear it,” he said. Now once the film receives its certificate, the makers can then finalise its final release date. Keep following this space for more updates. Also Read - Hrithik Roshan-Deepika Padukone in Siddharth Anand's Action Film - Big Announcement Today!