Indian director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film “Padmavati” unlikely to release before March, according to Indian media.
Controversial Indian Movie ‘Padmavati’ To Release Before March
India’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is likely to appoint a panel of historians to watch Padmavati, after the makers of the movie stated that it was partially based on historical facts, according to India’s First Post.
The Padmavati team, which was hoping to get a quick censor clearance after the Gujarat elections may be in for disappointing news.
Sources at the censor board said that the makers of Padmavati had "unnecessarily complicated its case" with an ambiguous disclaimer in its application for certification which stated that the film was partially based on historical facts.
"The content will now have to be scrutinised for authenticity," the source said declining to be named. The film had earlier been sent back to the producers after it was found that the column for stating whether it was a work of fiction or was based on historical facts was left blank.
There were protests against the movie by some fringe Hindutva outfits which said it was "insulting to Rajput pride." Several politicians then weighed in saying they won't allow the release of the movie in Rajasthan.
The source in the CBFC said that Padmavati could only be certified in January, since December was almost over. "We have not scheduled the film. There are at least 40 feature films in different languages waiting in the queue before Padmavati," the source said, adding that “a number of the members of the CBFC are on holiday currently.”
The protestors firmly believed that the film would show a romantic dream sequence and the groups called for a nation-wide ban on the film.