UK censor board has cleared Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film “Padmavati” however the producers say that they will not release the movie in UK before it is cleared in India.
The British Board of Film Classification cleared the movie for December 1 release. The movie is listed on its official website, with the comments: “moderate violence, injury detail.”
PADMAVATI (12A) moderate violence, injury detail https://t.co/2S1pF33WVN
— BBFC (@BBFC) November 22, 2017
Meanwhile, twitterati cheered the BBFC for their “impartial” judgment. Some hit back at the state of affairs in India by drawing references to web series ‘The Crown’ that is based on Britain’s reigning Queen Elizabeth II and there were no protests against the movie.
The Crown on Netflix has been filmed while the Queen is alive, with some unflattering, very private details scripted into it and no Briton has reacted. #Padmavati’s existence is itself fictional and death threats have been issued to filmmaker’s. Well done India 👏👏
— Jai Singh (@JaiHe) November 23, 2017
No one knew about #KarniSena until #Padmavati controversy and now its leader, Lokendra Singh appeals to NRI's in Britain to boycott the movie after it passes British censor board!!😂 pic.twitter.com/9YwXZ56Ofb
— Abraham Eliazer (@nautankwadi) November 23, 2017
Padmavati is based on Queen Padmini, who first featured in the 16th century epic poem “Padmavat”. While historians are divided on whether Queen Padmini actually existed, the legend is that after her husband was killed in battle, Padmini chose to jump into a pyre to avoid being taken captive by Khilji, who was obsessed with her beauty.
Rajput groups in India (especially the Rajput Karni Sena) have strongly opposed the release of the 190-crore film because they feel that their legendary queen has been falsely depicted in the movie.
Several states in India including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, have decided not to screen the Deepika Padukone starring film, until the objections are resolved.
The film’s main lead Deepika Padukone and director Bhansali have been given extra police security after threats of against them (a BJP leader from Haryana has offered 10 crores for their beheading).
As of now, the films release in India has been indefinitely delayed.
Going by the scale of the controversy, it seems the movie will be released early next year, because even the censor board in India (led by Prasoon Joshi) hasn’t watched the movie yet.