Jaipur, Jan 8: Rajasthan Government led by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia on Monday banned the release of the controversial film ‘Padmavat’. The move, announced after the clearance from Central Board of Film Certification, appears to be intended towards keeping the Rajput community in Bharatiya Janata Party‘s fold. Gulab Chand Kataria, Rajasthan’s home minister said the film will not be allowed to release in the state. Also Read - Jodhpur Lockdown News: Total Shutdown Imposed in The District Amid Rising Number of COVID-19 Cases | What's Allowed, What's Prohibited
Echoing the similar tone, BJP Rajasthan President Ashok Parnami said that CBFC may have got rid of the issue but the if film is allowed to release with objectionable content, it will be blocked across the state. “If the censor board has cleared it, then they would have gotten rid of all that is objectionable in the film. If the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) has removed the objectionable parts, then there is no problem. If not, then we will not tolerate it (the release of Padmavati, now Padmavat),” India Today quoted Parnami as saying. Also Read - Section 144 Imposed in 11 Districts of This State Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases; Social, Religious Gatherings Banned Till Oct 31 | Read Details
After the nationwide uproar, Padmavat, renamed after objection, was reviewed by a committee of historians. Additionally, CBFC has also suggested modification in the film. The body has suggested “to change the disclaimer clearly to one that does not claim historical accuracy”. The body also asked filmmakers to a put disclaimer that film in no manner subscribes to the practice of Sati or seeks to glorify it. Also Read - Rajasthan Tragedy: 6 Drown After Boat Capsizes in Chambal River, Rescue Operation Underway
Secondly, the title of the movie was asked to be changed from ‘Padmavati’ to ‘Padmavat’, given the filmmakers have attributed their material/creative source to the fictional poem Padmavat and not history.
Based on the legend of Rani Padmini, Bhansali’s magnum opus, a Hindu Rajput queen mentioned in Padmavat, an Avadhi poem written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540, witnessed protests from Rajput Karni Sena. The body said the film hurt the feeling of the community.p