Padmavati officially gets renamed to Padmaavat

Padmavat row Sanjay Leela Bhansali moves HC seeks quashing of FIR 'will watch film first', says court

The film has finally received a green signal from the CBFC which awarded it a "U/A" certificate with some modifications.

Days after vowing to take their protest against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming period drama Padmaavat to the entire country, Shri Rajput Karni Sena has threatened to stall the release in Maharashtra.

"Padmavat", which was to earlier release as "Padmavati" on 1 December past year, has been embroiled in a controversy over alleged distortion of historical facts.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) passed Padmaavat (earlier titled Padmavati) after suggesting five edits (including the title), a couple of weeks ago. Rajput group Karni sena has now chose to call protest all over the country on the day of Padmaavat release by the name of janta curfew to stop the release. As the protests spread through different states, the release date of the film was postponed.The modification includes changing the disclaimer that the movie does not claim historical accuracy and added that the movie does not subscribe to the Sati system practice.

While Padmaavat release has been banned in BJP-ruled Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, Goa on Monday clarified that the movie could be released there.

Activists of the Rajput outfit, under the leadership of Sukhdev Singh Gogameri, gathered outside the CBFC office to express dissent over the censor board's decision to allow the release of the controversial movie.

The official handles of the film on Facebook and Twitter were also changed to Padmaavat Thursday morning.

Karni Sena workers claim that changing the name of the film doesn't suffice.

The producers also said they appreciate the "balanced approach" adopted by the censor board to address the situation. Bhansali's love ballad - which stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles - was scheduled to release on December 1, 2017.

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali's movie will now clash on the box office with Akshay Kumar's Padman.

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