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Censor Board Seeks 26 Cuts, Title Change in Padmavati

Censor Board Seeks 26 Cuts, Title Change in Padmavati

"The movie is likely to cause social unrest and such hurried certification and continuing misrepresentation can only bring disrepute to the CBFC", Mahendra Singh wrote.

Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Prasoon Joshi on Monday said a special panel for the certification of controversial movie "Padmavati" was appointed for an advisory objective, and that the final decision was always with the censor board.

Earlier in the day, the CBFC has suggested few modifications in "Padmavati", which include changing the film's title to "Padmavat", after which it would be given a UA certificate.

His younger brother Arvind Singh was one of the three members of the special advisory panel, which had examined the film in Mumbai on December 28.

Groups claiming to represent the Rajput community have protested and issued bounties for murder and mutilation of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and lead actress Deepika Padukone, and have also been endorsed by a section of politicians, for "distortion of history".

A statement issued by CBFC says that the film was approached with a balanced view keeping in mind both the filmmaker and the society.

Padmavati tells the story of a 14th Century Hindu queen belonging to the high Rajput caste and the Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji. "Panel member had insights and also some reservations regarding claimed historical events and socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length", NDTV reported citing a board official. Historians are divided on whether Padmini actually existed. "They are in agreement with the modifications", the Board said.

Apart from several cuts, the Censor Board has also suggested a disclaimer specifically stating that the film does not glorify the practice of Sati.

The movie had angered a group called the Karni Sena in Rajasthan and other Rajput groups.

Change disclaimer clearly to one that does not claim historical accuracy. On December 31, 2017, Mahendra Singh Mewar, the 76th descendant of the Mewar dynasty and a former Lok Sabha member, slammed Joshi for carrying out "public deception" with the certification of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial.

CBFC has also asked the makers to modify the song "Ghoomar" to make the depiction befitting the character being portrayed.

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