So the unreleased film has made it to the headlines once again, as Sanjay Leela Bhansali crew has decided that the title of the disputed film will be Padmaavat. Re-renamed from Padmavati to Padmavat and now Padmaavat – the film has come a long, long way.
Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, Padmaavat has not even released and yet made it a billion times more than probably any blockbuster would have – superb promotion, ain’t it? After intense protests against Padmaavat, the Censor Board recommended certain changes in the film so that it can be released, safely. There were rumours that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had suggested “300 cuts” in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’. But the producers of the film brushed away these rumours and said that there were only five “modifications” recommended by the censor board.
The producers also clarified that all five changes were accepted and implemented, including the one with retitling the film. So the movie was earlier titled as Padmavati, then it was retitled as Padmavat and again, re-retitled as Padmaavat. All in all, removing an ‘i’ and adding an ‘a’ will pretty much make the controversial movie not so controversial and good to be released on the silver screens, undisputedly. The producers said that they readily made all changes suggested by the censor board because they appreciate the ‘balanced approach’ adopted by the board.
The producers also said, “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.” So the film will officially be released as Padmaavat on January 25, 2018. Ready?