Starting from the vandalizing of the film sets by the Shri Rajput Karni Sena to death threats to Sanjay Leela Bansali to the ban in various Indian states, the movie has gone through a lot.
The incessant uproar began to mellow once Bansali clarified his stance in front of the Indian Parliament stating:
He also released a statement wherein he says the film was made as an ode to the famed valor, legacy and courage of Rajputs. Also, he made it clear that the rumored dream sequence between Allaudin Khilji and Rani Padmini is merely a figment of imagination.
The final version of the film was screened before the Central Board of Film Certification. The CBFC have asked for 5 modifications including changing the name of the movie from Padmavati to Padmaavat. The CBFC’S Examining Committee has also asked the film’s producers to do away with the shots where Deepika’s midriff is visible during the Ghoomar dance sequence.
Apparently, the display of the navel by Deepika Padukone’s character Rani Padmini, is deemed unfitting for a Rajput Queen.
The edit suggested would disrupt the choreographic flow of this intricate dance sequence and hence the director has chosen to conceal her midriff using Computer Generated Imagery (CGI). The states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat have maintained that they will not allow the movie to be screened in the respective states.
Padmaavat produced by Viacom 18 and directed by Sanjay Leela Bansali would be released in the languages of Hindi, Tamil and Telugu on 25th January 2018.