Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati, now called ‘Padmavat’, has finally got a release date. The period drama starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoorwill 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.
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.