India’s censors on cleared a controversial movie backed by Viacom Inc that looks into the association of a Hindu queen & a Muslim leader, after suggesting some modifications.
The Bollywood movie, which was slated to be released on December. 1, was indefinitely delayed by a studio run by a company of Viacom and Network 18 owned by Mumbai’s Reliance Industries. That followed a row over its chronological content, in states such as Rajasthan & Maharashtra.
Members of hardliner Hindu fringe groups as well as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had criticized the movie “Padmavati”, accusing its director of distorting history by screening Muslim ruler “Alauddin Khilji”‘ as the “lover” of Queen Padmavati, belong to the Rajput Hindu warrior clan.
“This was an unprecedented & tough situation,” Prasoon Joshi, chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), said in an email. “Am glad that following a impartial approach we resolved the task at hand in a pragmatic & positive manner.”
The board asked that the name of the movie be changed to “Padmavat”, to reflect that the source material was an epic poem of the same name & not from real historical events, Joshi said.
He added that the producers & director had been asked to run a disclaimer saying the movie does not “claim chronological accuracy”, And that they were “completely in conformity” with the suggestions.
Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind the movie, didn’t respond to a ask for for comment. It previous said the movie captured “Rajput valor, dignity & tradition in all its glory”.
The movie stars popular actress Deepika Padukone, who was the goal of Rajput groups who were beside its release. A BJP politician was ordered to express regret publicly by his party after he offered a reward for anybody who beheaded Deepika for her portrayal of Queen Padmavati.
Despite the optional modifications by a special committee, a group that says it represent Rajputs vowed on Saturday to keep protest against the film.
“We had given a whole list of objections concerning the film,” Ajit Singh, president of Rajput Karni Sena, told Reuters.
“The choice has been taken in haste & only a few cuts to the film will not do justice to the history and legend of the person. We will continue our protests.”