Padmavati has been floating in murky waters ever since the day the film was announced. With sets vandalised, cinema halls destroyed and an attack on Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the period drama has been in trouble ever since its inception.
Now the ineveitable has happened. The Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor starrer was earlier scheduled to release on 1st December, but is now deferred due to the conflict it is facing. With just 10 days to go for its initial planned release, the film still hasn’t received clearance from the CBFC, and has created a huge amount of unrest among communal outfits all over India. According to reports and recent statements from Prasoon Joshi, Chairman of the CBFC, the board is upset with the film’s team for their alleged screening of the movie for the media, even before a clearance. Following all the issues, the filmmakers claimed that the postponement of the release date was a voluntary action. They also clarified that they have utmost respect for the country’s statutory bodies including the Central Board of Film Certification, mentioning that they hope they will get the required clearances soon enough.
According to a report on Indian Express, a spokesperson from Viacom said, “The studio has voluntarily deferred the release date of Padmavati from December 1, 2017. Along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, amongst the most gifted film makers 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.”
We hope everything clears up soon with a new release date.