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Padmavat won't be screened in Rajasthan, announces CM Vasundhara Raje
Despite the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) granting a U/A certificate to Padmavat on Friday, giving the film a final nod of approval, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje announced on Monday that the film won't be screened in the state.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed period drama Padmavati was recently cleared by the CBFC after several cuts and a change in the title to Padmavat.

Raje, in a statement said, "The movie will not be screened in any cinema hall in the state. Rani Padmini's sacrifice is associated with honour, esteem and pride of the state, so Rani Padmini is not merely a history chapter for us, but is our self-esteem. We will not allow her dignity to be hurt howsoever."

Raje has instructed Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria to ensure that Padmavat is not screened in Rajasthan, while stating that the decision has been taken to "respect the emotions of public in the state".

Although no official confirmation has come so far, a PTI report said on Monday that the film would most likely release on January 25. Padmavat was initially scheduled to release on December 1.

This move by BJP-led Rajasthan government is clearly aimed at appeasing Rajput voters as the state goes to polls later this year. Fringe Rajput groups like the Shri Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS), Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena (SRRKS) and Shri Rajput Sabha have been demanding a complete ban on the film alleging that the director has distorted historical facts.

SRRKS national president Sukhdev Singh has threatened of vandalizing cinema halls if the film is released. In the meanwhile, Lokendra Kalvi, founder patron of SRRKS has called a protest in Chittorgarh on January 27 to oppose Padmavat's release.

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