The controversial Indian film Padmaavat will get a clear release in Pakistan without any cuts. The same was confirmed by the news agency IANS today morning in a press release. "Padmaavat has been declared fit for public exhibition in the cinema houses without any excision by Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC)," Mobashir Hasan told news agency IANS via social media from Islamabad. The film has been given 'U' certification.
According to some distributors in Pakistan, there were apprehensions over the movie given the negative portrayal of Alauddin Khilji. Asked about it, Mr Hasan said: "CBFC isn't biased in arts, creativity and healthy entertainment." He said that for the film's certification, the CBFC co-opted Professor Waqar Ali Shah, Chairman, Department of History, Quaid-e-Azam University as per rules.
"A co-opted member has no voting rights. They are for expert opinion," Hasan explained. Satish Reddy, Chairman, Eveready Group of Companies, a key film distributor in Pakistan, told IANS that "Padmaavat" should have a "very strong" response in its first week.
Now finally that’s some good news for the filmmakers!