Mumbai: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s most awaited film – Padmavati – starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh – which is initially slated to hit the silverscreen on December 1, has been indefinitely deferred. However, the makers are planning to announce the new release date soon, latest report suggests.
According to a report in India.com, Padmavati makers are waiting for the Gujarat elections to get over. Moreover, they are awaiting a response from the Central Board of Film Certification. The moment, the elections are over and the CBFC issues a clearance certificate, Padmavati will make it to the big screen.
Given the fact that there are no big releases in the first two weeks of January 2018, Padmavati may release during that period. However, there has been no discussion regarding the same.
For the unversed, Padmavati reportedly based on Padmavat by Malik Muhammad Jaysi in 1540 is inspired by one of the most glorious chapters of Indian history.
In Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film, Deepika essays the titular role of Rani Padmavati while Shahid Kapoor plays Maharawal Ratan Singh, a brave Rajput warrior. Ranveer Singh portrays Alauddin Khilji, the antagonist in the story.
Several Rajput organisations protested against the film believing that Padmavati had a dream sequence between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji. The filmmaker and other members of the production team clarified that the film doesn’t contain any objectionable content and that it upholds the pride and glory of the Rajput community.
But protestors were not convinced and they issued death threats to Bhansali and Deepika.
The sets of the film were vandalised during the initial days of shoot and a rangoli inspired by the film’s poster, created by an artist in Gujarat mall was destroyed by an angry mob.
Bhansali along with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Prasoon Joshi appeared before a parliamentary panel in order to discuss the controversy surrounding the period drama, on November 30.
Led by BJP MP Anurag Thakur, Parliament's 30-member Standing Committee on Information Technology had decided to intervene into the controversy over the release of Rs 150-crore film Padmavati and sought clarifications from its makers and the CBFC officials.
Now, it is up to the Censor Board to watch and clear the film for release and put all speculations to rest.