Amid uproar: Padmavati makers postpone film's release

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati release not postponed

Truth is that people have resigned themselves to government inaction in the face of such blatant terror.

They are alleging the movie "Padmavati" which was slated to release on December 1 (which is highly unlikely after Censor board sent the film back to makers), demeans their queen and distorts historic facts.

So one fine day, Mr. Sanjay Leela Bhansali chose to take his right to freedom of expression in our country way too seriously and decided to make a film on a poem involving the ruler of Chittorgarh, Rawal Ratan Singh (played by Shahid Kapoor), his handsome wife Rani Padmavati (played by Deeepika Padukone), and Mughal ruler Al-ud-Din Khilji (played by Ranveer Singh).

He raises a pertinent question and asks, "So SLB should show the film to those who threaten to have him beheaded?"

Some Hindu groups have been protesting against the movie's release while some political outfits have demanded that its release be deferred given the Gujarat Assembly elections. A new release date will be announced once the "requisite clearances" are in place.

On Friday, the CBFC made a decision to send the film back to its makers citing "deficiency in the application".

"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".

Bhansali and lead actor Deepika Padukone have received threats. "I can understand the desperation!"

The film ran into trouble earlier this year when a Rajput caste organization, the Rajput Karni Sena, attacked director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the set in Rajasthan in January. "Finally they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me..." quoting lines from a poem by Pastor Martin Niemoller on Nazi Germany.

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