Padmavat is a 2017 India historical romance by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.
Rani Padmavati (aka Padmini) is said to be one of the most beautiful women to ever exist. This real life story is epitome of Love and sacrifice between Rajput Queen Padmavati and Rana Rawal Ratan Singh, the Rajput ruler of Mewar. Their perfect
life took unfortunate turn when Allauddin Khilji's lustful eyes gazed upon Queen Padmavati. Alauddin Khilji is known as one of the most brutal rulers of the Khilji dynasty, who ascended the throne by killing his father-in-law, his brother-in-laws
and their uncles. He was known for attacking states, only for their land and women. And, the motive behind the attack on Mewar was none other than royal Rani Padmavati. Chittorgarh fort, today, stands as an epitome of the true Rajputana spirit,
loyalty, fidelity and bravery and a symbol of women power.
Court cases abound whenever there's a controversy about an Indian that should be banned or not banned. There are often several people who are willing to spend their cash on advocating for banning or not banning, often in different courts in
However, in the case of Padmavat these cases have rapidly moved to India's Supreme Court which has just passed two judgements about the film. Firstly the Court found that individual states should not be able to overrode the national film censor
and so bans in the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana have been overturned.
The film's producers had approached the Supreme Court to challenge the states' ban, and Chief Justice Dipak
Misra concurred with the producers. He stated:
Cinemas are an inseparable part of right to free speech and expression. States... cannot issue notifications prohibiting the screening of a film.
The second judgement refused the case made by an advocate who wanted the court to overturn the CBFC decision and ban the film. The same judge refused to entertain a plea to cancel the Censor Board certificate given to the movie Padmaavat. Advocate
M.L. Sharma had contended that exhibiting the movie in certain States would be an open invitation for violence.
And of course that violence could yet overrule the Supreme Court and force cinemas to not show the film.
Cut version resubmitted to the BBFC
20th January 2018. See article from bbfc.co.uk
UK: A version cut by the Indian film censors was passed 12A for moderate violence, injury detail without BBFC cuts for:
The film is 5s shorter than the uncut version submitted a few weeks earlier. There is no change to the rating or consumer advice.
There were 5 CBFC cuts adding up to 5s to downplay the historical accuracy of the film:
The title was changed from Padmavati, an historical character, to the fictional name Padmavat.
Disclaimers were added with one regarding not glorifying the practice of Sati, and another noting that the film is fictional.
There were cuts to the Ghoomar song to 'befit' the character portrayed.
Update: 125 cinemas decide not to screen the movie
21st January 2018. See article from dailypioneer.com
Even after the Supreme Court asking four States including Gujarat to allow screening of controversial Hindi movie Padmaavat, nearly 125 multiplexes across Gujarat will not show the movie which is set to release on the eve of Republic Day.
Gujarat Multiplex Owners Association, the apex body of multiplexes in the state has voluntarily decided not to show the movie. Core committee member of the association Rakesh Patel said that multiplex owners in Gujarat didn't want to take any risk
as there was no guarantee pertaining to safety of the properties.
Update: Inevitably banned by violent religious mobs
23rd January 2018. See article from bbc.com
Protesters in India's Gujarat have blocked roads and caused local bus services to be suspended, after the Supreme Court cleared the release of controversial Bollywood film Padmavat.
Extremist Hindu groups torched buses and vandalised a theatre in the western state of Gujarat on Sunday.
Despite the court ruling and tightened security, theatre owners in the state have decided against screening the film as they fear further violence.
Update: Worldwide release today
25th January 2018. See article from metro.co.uk
Padmavat has been released for worldwide screenings, including the UK, today on 25th January. Early reports suggest that cinemas in religious hotspots have decided not to screen the film rather than face violent protest.
Update: Opening show
27th January 2018. See article from livemint.com
Padmaavat opened in 3,100 screens across the country with an estimated occupancy of 50-55%. It's a very good number given the situation. It clearly shows audiences have come out and supported the film despite all odds, said Atul Mohan, editor of
trade magazine Complete Cinema .
Under normal circumstances, a big-ticket film like Padmaavat would have been screened in more than 4,000 screens. States like Rajasthan, Gujarat and parts of Madhya Pradesh and Haryana refrained from screening the period saga. Protests by the
Rajput Karni Sena and consequent violence in parts of the country led to several theatres refusing to showcase the movie..
The film was also pirated and streamed online on a Facebook page, showing interest but not revenue for the filmmakers.
Update: Rajputs who saw Padmaavat angry for opposing it earlier
28th January 2018. See article from citytoday.news