Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati, which is currently embroiled in a major controversy, was submitted to Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) last week but because it was 'incomplete', the board sent the film back. Now SLB, who is directing and producing the film along with Viacom, has decided to delay the release of the film as it has not been certified so far.
Here is the official statement from the makers -
"Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind ‘Padmavati’ has voluntarily deferred the release date of the film from December 1st 2017. Along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, amongst the most gifted film makers of his generation, Viacom18 Motion Pictures has created a beautiful cinematic masterpiece in ‘Padmavati’ that captures Rajput valor, dignity and tradition in all its glory. The film is an eloquent portrayal of a tale that will fill every Indian with pride and showcase our country’s story-telling prowess across the globe.
We are a responsible, law-abiding corporate citizen and have the highest respect and regard for the law of the land and all our institutions and statutory bodies including the Central Board of Film Certification. We always have and are committed to continue following the established procedure and convention. We have faith that we will soon obtain the requisite clearances to release the film.
We will announce the revised release date of the film in due course. We stand firm in our commitment to tell endearing tales that resonate with our audiences the world over as we have in the past with our other projects such as ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, ‘Queen’, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ and many more."
Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures had earlier assured the film's fans that it was just a minor technical issue at there end and that they will not postpone the film at any cost. But, it seems the nation wide protests by Rajput groups and the film's delayed certification compelled them to delay the release. It's sad that they had to take the decision just 12 days before the film's scheduled release date.
Starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh was earlier going to release on December 1. The new date will be announced, soon.
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