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Padmavati release deferred after protests, makers say new date after ‘clearances’

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Padmavati release deferred after protests, makers say new date after ‘clearances’

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Mumbai: The makers of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor have postponed the release of the film following nation wide protests by several Rajput groups.

“Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind ‘Padmavati’, has voluntarily deferred the release date of the film from December 1, 2017,” the company spokesperson said in a statement.

The film has been in news for all wrong reasons since its inception. Rajput groups feel that Bhansali may have misrepresented historical facts to suit his film’s narrative. However, the ace director and people associated with the film have time and again clarified that the film doesn’t distort history. 

Some Hindu groups have been protesting against the movie’s release while some political outfits have demanded that its release be deferred in view of the Gujarat Assembly elections.

The makers have also not got a clearance yet from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which said the application from the makers was “incomplete”.

A new release date will be announced once the “requisite clearances” are in place.

“We are a responsible, law-abiding corporate citizen and have the highest respect and regard for the law of the land and all our institutions and statutory bodies including the CBFC.

“We always have and are committed to continue following the established procedure and convention. We have faith that we will soon obtain the requisite clearances to release the film.

“We will announce the revised release date of the film in due course,” the statement added.

On Saturday, CBFC chairperson Prasoon Joshi had expressed disappointment over the film being screened for some journalists, who said there was nothing in it to hurt anyone’s sentiments.

The makers have described “Padmavati” as “a beautiful cinematic masterpiece that captures Rajput valour, dignity and tradition in all its glory”.

“The film is an eloquent portrayal of a tale that will fill every Indian with pride and showcase our country’s storytelling prowess across the globe,” the spokesperson added.

Here is the statement released by Viacom18 Motion Pictures:

‘Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind ‘Padmavati’ has voluntarily deferred the release date of the film from December 1st, 2017. Along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, amongst the most gifted film makers of his generation, Viacom18 Motion Pictures has created a beautiful cinematic masterpiece in ‘Padmavati’ that captures Rajput valor, dignity and tradition in all its glory. The film is an eloquent portrayal of a tale that will fill every Indian with pride and showcase our country’s story-telling prowess across the globe. We are a responsible, law-abiding corporate citizen and have the highest respect and regard for the law of the land and all our institutions and statutory bodies including the Central Board of Film Certification. We always have and are committed to continue following the established procedure and convention. We have faith that we will soon obtain the requisite clearances to release the film. We will announce the revised release date of the film in due course. We stand firm in our commitment to tell endearing tales that resonate with our audiences the world over as we have in the past with our other projects such as ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, ‘Queen’, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ and many more.’

Viacom18 company spokesperson (Viacom18 Motion Pictures is a division of Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd)

(With IANS inputs)

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