Pakistan censor board clears Padmaavat

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Islamabad: Pakistan censor board has cleared the controversial Indian film Padmaavat without any cuts for screening in the country.

Islamabad-based Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) chairman Mobashir Hasan took to the social media to announce that the film has been passed by the board.

“Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) has declared a feature film containing Indian cast and crew, Padmaavat, without any excision suitable for public exhibition in the cinemas with a ‘U’ certification,” he wrote on Twitter.

With the clearance, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama is all set to be released in Pakistan, removing fears that the film could face cuts due to the negative portrayal of Alauddin Khilji, a Muslim ruler of the Delhi Sultanate.

“CBFC isn’t biased in arts, creativity, and healthy entertainment,” Hasan added.

According to the officials, the CBFC had also invited Professor Waqar Ali Shah, Chairman, Department of History, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad to check the historical references in the film.

The movie, which was earlier named Padmavati and was slated for a 1 December release, will now hit theatres worldwide on 25 January with a new title suggested by Indian censor board.

Padmaavat has been mired in controversy since last year when Bhansali started filming the project in Rajasthan and was roughed up by the members of Rajput Karni Sena.

The Rajput group had claimed that the film distorts history and defames their queen Padmavati as well as Rajput pride.

Indian censor board had suggested five modifications, including a title change from Padmavati to Padmaavat.

The film, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, and Shahid Kapoor, is based on the saga of the historic 13th century battle between Maharaja Ratan Singh and his army of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi.

The film has been facing protests by the Karni Sena and other fringe groups in India over allegations that historical facts were distorted in the flick.

PTI