Despite the clearance from Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), ‘Padmaavat’ won’t be released in Gujarat, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said on Friday.
Gujarat is the second Indian state after Rajasthan to have banned the screening of the controversial Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial.
Post that, the ban was not lifted from Madhya Pradesh either as Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan indicated that the film ‘Padmavat’ will not be allowed to be released in his state.
Asked if the film would be banned in Madhya Pradesh, Chouhan told reporters today, “Jo Kaha tha, wo hoga (What I had said, will happen).” However, he did not clarify any further.
Chouhan was talking to reporters after attending a state-level mass `Surya Namaskar and Pranayam’ event organised to mark the birth anniversary of spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda.
The film has received a clearance from the Central Board for Film Certification after the change of title and some script modifications.
While speaking to some members of the Rajput community on November 20 last year, Chouhan had made it clear that the film would not be allowed to release in the state if it contains scenes “breaching the honour” of the Rajput queen Padmavati or features “distorted facts”.
“We will not tolerate any distortion of historical facts. The entire country is speaking in one voice that historical facts were distorted (in the movie),” he had said.
Other states, including Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, which had indicated that the film will not be allowed to be released in November — are yet to announce their final decisions.
The flick, based on the legend of Rani Padmini, a 13th century Hindu Rajput queen, mentioned in Padmavat, an Avadhi poem written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540, has been facing protests from various groups, particularly the Shri Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering with historical facts.
The CBFC has suggested five modifications in ‘Padmavati’, which included changing the film’s title to ‘Padmavat’, in December last year.