Padmavati row: CBFC to rope in historians

Updated: Dec 30, 2017, 15:54 IST | Agencies | Mumbai

The Central Board of Film Certification is likely to appoint a panel of historians to watch Padmavati, after the makers of the film stated that it was partially based on historical facts

The Central Board of Film Certification is likely to appoint a panel of historians to watch Padmavati, after the makers of the film stated that it was partially based on historical facts, according to sources. The Padmavati team was hoping to get a censor clearance after the Gujarat elections. A source at the Censor Board said that the makers of the Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor-starrer had unnecessarily complicated its case with an ambiguous disclaimer in its application for certification which stated that the film was partially based on historical facts.

Deepika Padukone in Padmavati
Deepika Padukone in Padmavati

"The content will now have to be scrutinised for authenticity," the source said declining to be named. The film had earlier been sent back to the producers after it was found that the column for stating whether it was a work of fiction or was based on historical facts was left blank. There were protests against the film by some fringe Hindutva outfits which said it was "insulting to Rajput pride." Several politicians then weighed in saying they won't allow the release of the movie in Rajasthan. The source in the CBFC said that Padmavati could only be certified in January since December was almost over. "We have not scheduled the film. There are at least 40 feature films in different languages waiting in the queue before Padmavati," the source said.

Due to the year-end, some board members were on holiday and a few others had called in sick. "Forget about appointing a panel of historians, we don't even have a normal Examining Committee to view all the films," the source said. "Even by conservative estimates, the film won't be certified before the second week of January. I don't think they can release the film before March or April. That is, provided the CBFC clears the film without any objection," the source added.

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