Padmavati becomes ‘Padmavat’, set to clash with Akshay Kumar’s PadMan on January 25

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati has been renamed Padmavat. The Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor starrer will release on January 25 and clash with Akshay Kumar's PadMan.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 9, 2018 10:59 am
padmavati The release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavat was deferred last month.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati, now called ‘Padmavat’, has finally got a release date. The period drama starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor will arrive on January 25. This means it is set for a big clash with Akshay Kumar’s PadMan. Padmavat was earlier scheduled to release on December 1, 2017 but the film landed into a controversy with a group named Rajput Karni Sena raising objections to the portrayal of Queen Padmini (Deepika’s character) in the film. Various political and religious groups later joined the protests objecting to the film’s content saying it tarnished the image of the Rajput culture.

Padmavat, as it is now being called, was screened for a special bench of historians who suggested five modifications which included the change in the title from Padmavati to Padmavat. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film is said to be inspired by Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s Padmavat. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh confirmed the release date on Twitter saying, “#Padmavat to release on 25 Jan 2018… #RepublicDayWeekend”.

The film was cleared by CBFC a few weeks ago with a UA certificate. CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi had said that the board had asked the makers to “add a disclaimer which clearly makes the point that the film in no manner subscribes to the practice of Sati or seeks to glorify it”. Joshi had said these suggested changes “are completely in agreement with the filmmakers — the producers and director of the film”. Conceding to these suggestions by the CBFC, the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed film will now be named as Padmavat.

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The film’s trailer was applauded by all but the controversies began soon after. The Rajput Karni Sena objected to the way Deepika’s character was portrayed in the film. Multiple death threats were issued against the filmmaker and lead actor Deepika.

It was being speculated that the film will clash with PadMan but when Akshay Kumar was asked about the same, he said, “Every film has the right to release whenever they want, and I am happy for them.” The third film coming on the same weekend was Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary, but now its makers have postponed its release to February 9.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the producers of the film are yet to release a statement on the same. With the release of three big films on the Republic Day weekend, the audience will surely have a gala time at the movies.

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    1. metro lyons
      Jan 8, 2018 at 11:22 pm
      1. Lilian Nkechi
        Jan 8, 2018 at 9:02 pm
        Grow up guys and stop with your negativities. If Jesus of Nazareth can be made on TV with all its historical distortions over and over again, then why not Padmavati? I am definitely going to watch this one, and millions of people are as eager as I am to watch. 25th Jan - great date!
        1. Indian Singh
          Jan 8, 2018 at 8:22 pm
          The HISTORIC FACT of KHILJI attacking CHITHOD and the RAJPUT WOMEN of CHITHOD COMMITTING JOHAR to save their honour is so ingrained in the mind of most INDIANS that a change of name- PADMAVAT, PADMAVATI or RANI PADMINI will not change it. .............. So the FILM should have been BANNED all over India to send a STRONG MESSAGE to BOLLYWOOD not to take LIBERTIES with INDIAN HISTORY especially when the VANQUISHED were ANCESTORS of Present Day Indians, as the HISTORY AS TOLD BY THE VANQUISHED AND THE VICTOR WILL BE NEVER SAME.
          1. Uma Maheswar Nakka
            Jan 8, 2018 at 8:01 pm
            If Padmavathi changes her name as Padmavat, every problem will be solved and all the mistakes and flaws what so ever found are corrected automatically! Isn't it a laughing stock, that means deliberate manipulations can be made to change the history and culture. I think this is how our epics also are being changed. Why all this name changing, just in the disclaimer, they can say it is a fiction and any such characters resemble the true characters are just a coincidence only. Matter is finished. Shame on such verdicts and judiciary. HAHAHAHA
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