The controversial film Padmavati is likely to get a U/A (universal adult) certification subject to its title being changed to Padmavat, and deleting portions that were seen to glorify the outlawed practice of Sati.
According to a release issued by the CBFC, the board had a meeting of their examining committee on December 28 and decided to give the film a "UA certification along with some modifications and likely change of the film's title on the basis the attributed material/creative source".
"The film was approached with balanced view keeping in mind both the filmmakers and society. Considering complexities and concerns around the film the requirement for a special panel was felt by CBFC to add perspective to the final decision," an official of the censor board said.
Bhansali, who appeared before a parliamentary panel, has said his lavishly mounted 150 crore period drama, featuring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, is based on the 16th century epic poem "Padmavat" by Malik Muhammad Jayasi.
The board also suggested modifications in disclaimers, pertinently adding one regarding not glorifying the practice of "Sati" and also relevant changes in the song "Ghoomar" to befit the character portrayed, the release further stated.
The meeting took place in the presence of CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi and was also attended by regular examining committee members, along with other censor board officials.
Considering the complexities and concerns around the film, the CBFC appointed a "special panel to add perspective to the final decision of the censor board's official committee."
The special panel included Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr Chandramani Singh and professor K K Singh of the Jaipur University.
"The members of the panel had insights and also some reservations regarding the claimed historical events and socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length."
The filmmakers, Bhansali Productions, in a written communication to CBFC, had also requested that a panel of historians/academicians and members of the Rajput community view the film.
According to the board, the modification details and CBFC's decision regarding this film was shared with the producers Viacom and Bhansali, who attended the feedback session post the screening and are in agreement with the changes.
The certificate as per procedure will be issued once the required modifications are carried out and final material is submitted, the statement added.
Padmavat is an epic written in 1540 by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi and is based on a fictional story about Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khalji and his desire for Padmavati, the Queen of Chittor.
A film can only be released in theatres after a certification by the CBFC.
Padmavati ran into trouble right from the beginning when its director Sanjay Leela Bhansali started shooting in Jaipur in March-April this year.
Bhansali was slapped and assaulted on the film’s sets by the members of Karni Sena who staged an angry protest at Jaigarh fort in Jaipur where Bhansali was shooting for Padmavati. In a video that went viral, protesters were seen running amok, damaging cameras and other shooting equipment while raising slogans and spewing abuses in Hindi.
Later, many Rajput groups had staged violent protests, allegedly over rumours that Bhansali included a romantic scene between the queen and Allauddin Khilji, the Delhi emperor who attacked Mewar’s capital Chittorgarh.
Their protests intensified after the release of the film’s trailer on October 9. Currently, five Indian states have banned the film from releasing.
The film features Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in pivotal roles.