Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ is finally set to release. Amidst much controversy, the producers, which include Bhansali’s home production and Viacom18 Motion Pictures have accepted all the changes the Central Board of Film Certification has requested, including the change of the title from ‘Padmavati’ to ‘Padmaavat’. Viacom18 has released a statement thanking the CBFC for their approach, also clearing up the rumors of the 300 cuts that were supposedly asked to be made, which in actuality, are only five.
The statement from Viacom18 reads, “We appreciate the balanced and considered approach that CBFC has taken to address this situation. They had suggested five modifications, change the disclaimer to one that clearly does not claim historical accuracy. The title is to be changed from ‘Padmavati’ to ‘Padmaavat’ as the filmmakers have attributed their creative source as the fictional poem ‘Padmaavat’ and not history. Modifications to the song ‘Ghoomar’ to make the depiction befitting to the character being portrayed. Modifications to the incorrect/misleading reference to historical places. Addition of a disclaimer which clearly makes the point that the film in no manner subscribes to the practice of Sati or seeks to glorify it. We believe that these changes are in line with the filmic depiction of the story we wanted to tell. We firmly deny all speculation on extensive cuts to the film and want to reiterate that only the above changes and disclaimers (as) per guidance of the CBFC have been made. We have full faith in the CBFC and in the transparent, fair and inclusive process that has been followed.”
‘Padmaavat’ will finally release on 25th January.