No cuts ordered, only five modifications: CBFC chief on Padmavati

No cuts ordered, only five modifications: CBFC chief on Padmavati

No cuts ordered, only five modifications: CBFC chief on Padmavati

Joshi's statement comes in the wake of criticism amidst reports that the CBFC committee chose to certify Padmavati with U/A certificate subject to five modications including a title change, despite opposition from some members of the special panel.

Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Prasoon Joshi on Monday said a special panel for the certification of controversial movie "Padmavati" was appointed for an advisory goal, and that the final decision was always with the censor board.

The censor board also asked to modify "incorrect/misleading" references to historical places.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has suggested that the name of the film may be changed from "Padmavati" to "Padmavat", as per the "attributed material/creative source".

The board has also suggested modifications in disclaimers, adding one regarding not glorifying the practice of "Sati" and also relevant changes in the song "Ghoomar" to befit the character portrayed, Joshi said.

The board chief said the suggested changes had been shared with producers Viacom and Bhansali, who attended the feedback session post the screening and the latter are in agreement with the changes.

"Padmavati", backed by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, is directed by Bhansali and features Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapur in lead roles.

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The film got stuck in a controversy after various Rajput groups alleged that it distorts history, a claim repeatedly denied by the director.

The decision came after an examining committee meeting by CBFC was held on December 28, 2017. After a long discussion, the team met with the filmmakers. "The members of the panel had insights and also some reservations regarding the claimed historical events and socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length", Joshi said.

Asked if filmmakers dealing with "socially sensitive" topics would now have to buckle before "hurt sentiments" and get their film cleared by "special panels", the CBFC chairperson said, "The scenario is not that simplistic".

To set up a special panel is not a new precedent set by CBFC.

"The filmmakers, Bhansali Productions, in a written communication to CBFC had themselves too requested for a special panel of historians/academicians and members of the Rajput community to view the Film", the CBFC chief stated in an email sent to ANI.

The censor board said on Saturday it has begun the process for granting a U/A certificate to the film. "I am glad that following a balanced approach we resolved the task at hand in a pragmatic and positive manner", Joshi said.

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