Guj bans film 'Padmavati' as row continues to simmer

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Padmavati cleared for release in UK without cuts but won't be screened

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani said today that his government would not allow the release of Bollywood movie "Padmavati" in the state as it hurts sentiments of the Rajput community. It had observed that the CBFC had not yet certified the movie and the apex court could not "injunct" a statutory body from doing its duty.

The BBFC tweeted the certification, informing that the film will release on December 1, as slated to previously.

A local court here on Thursday accepted a complaint against filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actors Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor and others in regard to ongoing controversy relating to their forthcoming film "Padmavati".

On this, Viacom18 pictures say that there are having no plans to release the movie globally without the movie is being cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification.

His Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath had held the movie director responsible for hurting sentiments of Rajput community, while Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje government had sought edits in the film to remove objectionable sequences. Everyone is surprised by the fact that there's a bounty on Deepika Padukone's head. "This film will not run", he said.

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However, while this means that nothing stops the film from releasing overseas (unless the Supreme Court intervenes), it also opens up the possibility of pirated versions of the movie being made available before it finally gets to open in India. "I have directed the DEO to immediately withdraw this order", he said.

Second, if the producers decide to release the movie in the United Kingdom market, the decision would open up possibilities of the film getting pirated and leaked in the Indian market before Padmavati gets a chance to hit screens back home.

Historians, however, are divided even on whether Rani Padmavati existed.

Earlier scheduled to arrive in cinema halls on December 1, the release date of the film has now been postponed by the makers till further notice. She finds mention in the 16th century epic poem "Padmavati".

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