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CBFC agrees to clear Padmavati with U/A certificate but on condition of name change
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has finally cleared the historical period drama Padmavati but with suggested modifications including changing the film's title to 'Padmavat'.

Padmavat is the title of the poem written on the Rajput queen Padmini by 16th century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi, on which the film is reportedly based.

The Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed Padmavati has been under the clout of controversy ever since its inception. The film starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor was initially scheduled for release of December 1, 2017, but got delayed due failure in getting clearance from the CBFC.

The CBFC held an examination meeting on December 28, in which it was decided that the film will be given a U/A certificate as long as the makers abide by the suggested changes and modifications.

Some of the suggested key modifications include adding a disclaimer that the film does not intend to glorify the practice of Sati. Relevant modifications have also been suggested in the movie's popular song Ghoomar to befit the character being portrayed.

The meeting held on Thursday which was presided over by the Board's Chairman Prasoon Joshi was attended by examining committee members, CBFC officials along with a special advisory panel.

The CBFC has clarified that they approached the film by striking the right balance between the sentiments of the Rajput community and the interests of the filmmakers.

Reports had earlier been doing rounds that 26 cuts had been asked for by the CBFC, but all these rumours were rubbished by the Board's Chairman Prasoon Joshi, who said, "Let me clarify and set the record straight. There are no cuts in the film suggested by CBFC, only five modifications," as reported by India Today. 

The five modifications suggested by the CBFC are as follows:

1.     To change the disclaimer clearly to one that does not claim historical accuracy.

2.     The title is to be changed from Padmavati; the discussed change is to "Padmavat" as the filmmakers have attributed their material/creative source to the fictional poem Padmavat and not history.

3.     Make modifications in the song Ghoomar to make the depiction befitting the character being portrayed.

4.     To modify the incorrect/misleading reference to historical places.

5.     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.

The CBFC will issue a certificate to the film once all the suggested modifications are made. 

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