The Hush Post: The Censor Board has given a green signal to Deepika Padukone-starrer Padmavati, which is likely to be renamed as ‘Padmavat’ for release with a U/A certificate. “There are no cuts suggested in this film, only five modifications,” censor board chairman Prasoon Joshi told news channel NDTV, contradicting initial reports that the board had recommended 26 cuts. The board, however, does want the filmmakers to modify the song, Ghoomar, “to make the depiction befitting the character being portrayed”. Joshi explained the board’s suggestion to change the name from “Padmavati” to “Padmavat” to the filmmakers describing the fictional poem ‘Padmavat’ as their creative source. The “modification details” had been shared with producers and the film’s director Sanjay Leela Bhansali who attended the feedback session post the screening and are in agreement with the modifications. A final decision, however, will be taken by the censor board after another round of meeting next month, sources said.
A statement by the Central Board of film Certification said the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film will carry disclaimers, “pertinently adding one regarding not glorifying the practice of Sati and also relevant modifications in the song Ghoomar to befit the character portrayed.”
A meeting was held on December 28 by the examining committee of the Board of Film Certification. The special panel included Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr Chandramani Singh and Prof KK Singh of the Jaipur University. A U/A certificate would mean the film can be viewed by all age groups.