The censor board cleared the film with a U/A certificate despite protests from the members of the Rajput Karni Sena. However, an official announcement from the producers is awaited.
The controversies around the film Padmaavat seems to have no stopping.
The Mumbai Police has detained over 90 members of the Shri Karni Sena and other fringe groups who were protesting outside the Central Board of Film Certificate (CBFC ) headquarters in South Mumbai. It was decided at the meeting that the movie will be given a U/A certification as long as the makers incorporate suggestions and modifications suggested. The disclaimer before any film says that this film is a work of fiction and one of the fundamental human rights is the right to freedom of expression.
The five modifications included title change from Padmavati to Padmavat as the filmmakers have attributed their creative source as the fictional poem Padmavat and not history. It has also suggested relevant modifications in the song Ghoomar to befit the character portrayed.
Activists of the Rajput outfit, under the leadership of Sukhdev Singh Gogameri, gathered outside the CBFC office to express dissent over the censor board's decision to allow the release of the controversial movie. "We believe that these changes are in line with the filmic depiction of the story we wanted to tell".
"Padmavati", now renamed as "Padmavat", was earlier scheduled to release on December 1, 2017, but continuous protests and CBFC fiasco forced the makers to shift the date. "We have full faith in the CBFC and in the transparent, fair and inclusive process that has been followed", Viacom18's company spokesperson added.
Ranveer was reportedly asked if he was playing the role of a villain in the film, and he had said that he could go two notches beyond playing the role of a villain if he was given two intimate scenes with the film's leading lady Deepika Padukone. The film will clash with Pad Man, starring Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor, at the box office.