Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati has been facing a lot of trouble since its announcement. Now, the makers have decided to postpone the release date of the movie. The movie was initially slated to release on 1st December, 2017.
However, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind Padmavati has released a statement saying that they have voluntarily decided to postpone its release date.
The official statement reads, “Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind ‘Padmavati’ has voluntarily deferred the release date of the film from December 1st, 2017. Along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, amongst the most gifted filmmakers of his generation, Viacom18 Motion Pictures has created a beautiful cinematic masterpiece in ‘Padmavati’ that captures Rajput valor, dignity, and tradition in all its glory. The film is an eloquent portrayal of a tale that will fill every Indian with pride and showcase our country’s story-telling prowess across the globe. We are a responsible, law-abiding corporate citizen and have the highest respect and regard for the law of the land and all our institutions and statutory bodies including the Central Board of Film Certification.’’
‘’We always have and are committed to continue following the established procedure and convention. We have faith that we will soon obtain the requisite clearances to release the film. We will announce the revised release date of the film in due course. We stand firm in our commitment to tell endearing tales that resonate with our audiences the world over as we have in the past with our other projects such as ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, ‘Queen’, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ and many more,’’ the statement added.
Recently, the Central Board of Film Certification had returned the film to the makers because the application didn’t mention if Padmavati was a work of fiction or based on historical facts. The makers had then held a private screening of the film for some select journalists who consequently stood up for the fact that the film doesn’t hurt any sentiments and in fact upholds Rajput pride.
CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi criticised the private screenings and had said, “Disappointing that the film Padmavati is being screened for the media and getting reviewed on national channels without CBFC having seen or certified the film. This compromises the role of systems and balances that are part of a functioning industry. It’s myopic to treat the certification process haphazardly to suit convenience.”
The movie stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles.