As Supreme Court lifts ban on Padmaavat, here’s a timeline of the hurdles it faced

As the Supreme Court suspends the ban on the release of Padmaavat placed by the leaders of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana, here is a timeline of all the controversies that the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film has faced ever since its shoot started…..

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Sanjay leela bhansali’s padmaavat (in advance titled padmavati) may also as well be known as the most controversial venture in the records of hindi movie enterprise. It has been a topic of competition ever since the movie’s shoot had commenced. From the lead actor deepika padukone receiving death threats to rewards being introduced on beheading director sanjay leela bhansali, the protests around the film with the aid of numerous political and spiritual firms had grew to become violent right away.

The film had landed right into a huge controversy after karni sena, a rightwing group in rajasthan, and other organizations from the rajput community commenced protests towards the portrayal of queen pad mini. The companies had objected to the depiction in their mythical queen and alleged a distortion of history. Rajasthan chief minister vasundhra raje even shot a letter to records and broadcasting minister smriti irani asking her that the film must no longer be launched within the kingdom with out making vital modifications. Following in shape, the leaders of different states such as madhya pradesh, haryana, gujarat and himachal pradesh had also introduced a ban on the film’s launch.

But after a long tussle, looks like audiences all over the country may get to watch this Bhansali masterpiece on January 25. The Central Board of Film Certification had already made up its mind about clearing the film with no more than five modifications. The film had been effectively renamed ‘Padmaavat.’ And on Tuesday, the makers of the film filed a petition before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, and the Supreme Court as a result, stayed the ban by the states. The apex court stated that states must ensure law and order is maintained and they cannot ban the film citing it as a problem.

Accident on the sets: A painter who was working on the larger than life sets of the movie fell from the height of five feet in December 2016. Sanjay Leela Bhansali tried to compensate for the accident and Deepika too expressed grief on the demise of the man.

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Vandalism on sets in Kolhapur: In March 2017, once again the sets of Padmavati were vandalised in Kolhapur’s Masai plateau during the night and were set on fire hurting the animals which were present at the time of the incident. About 20 to 30 people reached the sets of the film armed with petrol bombs, stones and lathis. Before putting the set of the movie on fire, they torched the fodder kept for animals and even destroyed the costumes kept there. The attacks were being staged as certain fringe Rajput groups claimed that the film has a dream sequence where Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji will be seen in an intimate position. The claims were dismissed by the team of the movie.

Threatening to burn cinema halls: According to the reports, the Jai Rajputana Sangh said that they won’t tolerate any distortion of facts and if there will be any romantic relationship between Rani Padmavati and Allaudin Khilji, they will burn the cinema halls. However, Smriti Irani assured Bhansali that the movie will release without any trouble. 

Goons destroy rangoli: In October 2017, the movie got embroiled in another controversy when goons destroyed an artist’s 48 hours of hard work in less than a minute. It was Surat artist Karan K’s rangoli which featured Deepika Padukone in her character in Padmavati. It was after Deepika drew the attention of Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani on the incident that Surat police arrested five people for allegedly vandalising the rangoli.

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CBFC invites Jaipur historians to view Padmavati: The Censor Board sought the opinion of two veteran historians, professor B.L. Gupta and Prof R.S. Khangarot from Jaipur on the film by inviting them to view the film. Speaking to the media, Khangarot said the entire tussle related to the movie is not between the Karni Sena and Bhansali, but between him and history and hence “once we watch the film, it will be clear if history has been tampered with or not”. Gupta said the age-old custom of jauhar (mass immolation) should not be romanticised and he was all for artistic freedom but then it should not happen at the cost of history.

CBFC clears Padmavati with minor modifications, a new title and a U/A certificate: The board held an examining committee meeting on December 28 where they decided to allow the film to release with a UA certificate. The CBFC chairperson Prasoon Joshi was also present at the meeting.

CBFC has asked for five cuts and a change in the film’s title, from ‘Padmavati’ to ‘Padmaavat’. The makers have also been asked to add a disclaimer stating that the film does not glorify the banned practice of Sati.

CBFC’s 300 cuts vs five modifications: Reports suggesting that the Censor Board had imposed a staggering number of 300 cuts on Padmaavat were doing the rounds on the internet. Setting the record straight, CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi told IANS that no cuts were suggested, only five modifications. He also added that they have asked the makers to change the disclaimer “clearly to one that does not claim historical accuracy”.

Mewar royal calls CBFC changes ‘cosmetic’: Mewar royal family member Vishvaraj Singh said that the changes suggested by CBFC like the one changing its title are all cosmetic and that it will not discredit the film’s claims to referring real places and real people. In a letter to Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Chairman Prasoon Joshi, Singh also expressed his displeasure over the non-inclusion Maharana Mahendra Singhji Mewar or himself in the three-member panel that reviewed the film.

Padmaavat gets a new release date on January 25: Almost ten days after the Central Board for Film Certification cleared it with a U/A certificate, Padmaavat had a new release date. The makers officially confirmed that the film will hit the screens on January 25. However, they had refrained from commenting on the same. Produced by Viacom 18, Padmavat will now clash at the box-office with Akshay Kumar-starrer PadMan.

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