Rajput groups allege that the film starring Deepika Padukone falsely depicts Padmavati, a legendary queen
The British Board of Film Classification has cleared Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati
for release in the UK , but the producers of the film have said they will wait for India's censor board, Central Board of Film Certification's nod before screening the film in British theatres. The release of the controversial film has been deferred by the producers in India, in light of protest by Rajput groups who allege that the film "distortion of history". So far, three BJP-ruled states have banned the film from being released. Chief Ministers of all three states, as well as Congress-ruled Punjab's Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, have come out in support of those protesting against the film.
Here are the highlights on the "Padmavati" controversy:
An education officer in Dewas district of Madhya Pradesh had issued a circular banning a song from the period drama from being played at cultural programmes in schools. The circular directed the principals and head masters of all government and private schools to stop using the film's song, titled 'Ghoomar', during cultural programmes in their respective institutions.
The fact that the movie can be seen in Britain means that a large number of people have excess to the movie now, says Dilip Cherian
Everybody knows that as soon as the election will be over the movie will release: Image guru Dilip Cherian on Padmavati row
I would like to remind the CMs who have banned this film that they have taken the oath to work as per the constitution, not to appease a few people: Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit
I hope that we will take inspiration from the censor board of Britain and allow the film to release hare normally as per the law and constitution of our country, says Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit
The film (Padmavati) should be sealed. Supreme Court hearing on November 27: Advocate ML Sharma
Have stills of the film, can see Alauddin Khilji kissing Padmavati, appealed Supreme Court to stop the film from releasing in the UK, says Advocate ML Sharma, writ petitioner
I was told during "Indu Sarkar" to have a disclaimer saying it is fictional, was told to change the name as well, says Madhur Bhandarkar
Padmavati should be shown to CBFC. Whether Karni Sena should be part of the preview is the call of CBFC, says filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar
We are ready and we will not let Padmavati release on another date, says Lokendra Singh Kalvi
Deepika Padukone said that the movie will be released no matter what. Who is she to provoke us like this: chief of Rajput Karni Sena
It is not our right to interfere in the working of British Censor board but keeping in mind the good relations we have with the UK we want (Minister of External Affairs) Sushma (Swaraj) ji and (Minister of State for External Affairs) General VK Singh to take it up: Lokendra Singh Kalvi, chief of Karni Sena
Padmavati issue is not restricted to Rajput Karni Sena or even the Rajputs. This is now an all India issue, says Lokendra Singh Kalvi at a press conference in Hyderabad
We have been opposing the film Padmavati from the last 18 months, says Lokendra Singh Kalvi, chief of Rajput Karni Sena
"Padmavati" Cleared For UK Release But Producers Say Won't Do It
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavati", which is caught in a flux over protests and bans in three states, has been cleared for release in the UK by the country's Censor Board. The film's producers, however, say the film will not be screened in British theatres before it is cleared by India's censor board.