Padmavati / Padmavat banned in Haryana


Release of Film Padmavati/Padmavat banned in Haryana

The Manohar Lal Khattar government in Haryana has banned the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial film Padmavati (Padmavat) in the state, Health Minister Anil Vij said. “Film Padmavati/Padmavat banned in Haryana,” the senior minister tweeted. The film had faced stiff opposition from various quarters in Haryana.
PadmavatiVij had earlier said that he would not allow screening of the movie in the state. He had alleged that Bhansali had wrongly presented historical facts in the movie to “defame” the image of ‘Rani Padmavati’ and this had hurt the sentiments of lakhs of people. “Rani Padmavati is the symbol of Indian women’ pride. The character assassination of Padmavati will not be tolerated at any level,” he had said.
The film, mired in controversy over its plot line, had been given a go-ahead by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which has asked the makers to change the title from ‘Padmavati’ to ‘Padmaavat’ and suggested some other modifications. The film is set for release on January 25.

Rajasthan, where the protests against Padmavati were the loudest, has already shut its doors to the movie despite multiple edits, a change of name and clearance by some former royals of Rajasthan. Gujarat too, has banned the film, citing law and order.

It is not yet known if the Rs. 190-crore costume drama, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, will be screened in Uttar Pradesh. Asked about it, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, “I am not a future-teller”, reported news agency Press Trust of India.

Rajasthan had announced a ban on Mr Bhansali’s film last year amid fierce protests by Rajput groups, who alleged that the film distorts history and tarnishes the image of the legendary Queen of Chittor by suggesting a romance between her and Alauddin Khilji, the Delhi Sultan said to be obsessed with her.

Queen Padmini, who was said to have immolated herself to escape falling into the clutches of the invading forces of Alauddin Khilji, is looked upon as an icon by the Rajput community.

Following violent protests, the governments of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh said the movie should not be screened. A few days later, the government of Bihar, followed suit.

The censor board, as the Central Board of Film Certification is commonly known, cleared the film last month, but called for several modifications, including a change in the name to Padmavat — a literary work by the 16th Century poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi, on which the film is said to be based.

-PTI |16 January 2018 | Chandigarh