Earlier today, lashing out at Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Ms Azmi in a press statement said Ms Raje was 'sitting pretty' on the issue. Filmmaker Shyam Benegal questioned the CBFC on its decision to send back the film and termed its actions as 'suspicious'.
In light of increasing protests, Viacom18, the producers of Padmavati have deferred the film's release. The film was slated to be released on December 1.
Here are the highlights of the deferral of Padmavati's release:
Kamal Haasan took to Twitter to talk about Padmavati. In a tweet, he said extremism is deplorable and that he wanted Deepika Padukone's head "saved".
In a tweet, Kamal Haasan said, "I want Ms.Deepika's head.. saved. Respect it more than her body.Even more her freedom. Do not deny her that.Many communities have apposed my films.Extremism in any debate is deplorable. Wake up cerebral India.Time to think. We've said enough. Listen Ma Bharat."
"Karni Sena members created ruckus after the trailer of 'Padmavati' was shown in the middle of a movie through satellite last night," said Dharmendra Jain, owner of Virendra Talkies, which is in Barwani, Madhya Pradesh.
He said police personnel brought the situation under control soon after they were informed about the protest.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today asked his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar to take "stringent action" against those threatening actress Deepika Padukone who is being targeted by fringe groups for her lead role in "Padmavati".
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said that Padmavati will not be allowed to run in Rajasthan without the necessary changes.
She said the state's primary responsibility is to maintain law and order.
She had suggested that the film be vetted by a committee of historians and people from the community.
CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi today said the censor board was trying to resolve the controversy over the film "Padmavati" through dialogue and not arguments."
Amidst protests against Padmavati that refuse to die down, Deepika Padukone has backed out of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). The summit will be attended US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
BJP's Suraj Pal Amu 'bounty' statement: National Commission for Women writes to DGP Haryana requesting to look into the matter immediately and take appropriate action in accordance with the law. NCW also asked him to apprise Commission of appropriate action taken at the earliest pic.twitter.com/n2N2TcdVBU- ANI (@ANI) November 20, 2017
Etihaisik tathyon se khilwaad kar agar #Padmavati ji ke samman ke khilaaf film mein drishya dikhaye gaye hain, uss Film ka pradharshan Madhya Pradesh ki dharti par nahi hoga: CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan pic.twitter.com/vaVOxBmrUM- ANI (@ANI) November 20, 2017
National Award winner and Padma Bhushan awardee Shyam Benegal questioned the CBFC decision to send back the film. Speaking to news agency IANS, Mr Benegal said, "I must say the CBFC is behaving very strangely in the matter of Padmavati. If the film didn't carry a disclaimer it could easily be corrected. Why send the film back? Again it seems very suspicious."
BJP, which is vehemently protesting against the release of the Deepika Padukone starrer, has sought an explanation from its leader who announced a 10-crore bounty on 'Padmavati' Director and Actor.
Veteran actor and activist, Shabana Azmi, strongly criticised the Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh government for buckling under pressure and writing to the I&B to defer the film's release.