Padmavati row: Producer Viacom 18 postpones release of the movie, new date not yet announced

Mumbai: Makers of the controversial movie ‘Padmavati’ on Sunday postponed the release date of the film. However, the new date has not been announced yet. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Padmavati was slated to hit the theatres on December 1. Earlier, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) delayed the certification of the movie due to incomplete documents. The move has led to a lot of conjecture about whether the release date of the film will be pushed.

The full statement of Viacom18, who is producing the film, reads: ‘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.”

Padmavati has been facing the ire of right-wing groups for allegedly distorting history and demeaning the honour of the Rajput queen Rani Padmini. Even though Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been vocal in his denial of these charges, the protests against the film spread across the country.

Responding to the controversy, leading lady Deepika Padukone said, “As a woman, as an artiste, as someone who has worked and given two years of my life to this movie, I feel hurt, I feel angry, but I also think it is extremely funny that people are reacting like this to a film. I am feeling so many emotions at this point.”

Meanwhile, Deepika’s co-star Ranveer Singh, who plays the antagonist Alauddin Khilji, also stood by the film . “I am 200 per cent with the film and I stand by it as well as Sanjay Leela Bhansali. I also stand by his vision for the film… Vis-a-vis the film, I can just request the audience and everybody else who have concerns about it to wait and watch the film. One shouldn’t doubt Sanjay sir; he is a magnificent film-maker and has tremendous respect for Indian culture and an enormous respect for Indian heritage and he will never intentionally hurt sentiments or do anything wrong,” he said.


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