Dec 302017

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has decided to give a U/A certificate ‘along with some modifications’ to Sanjay Leela Bhansalis controversial film “Padmavati” and has asked the filmmaker to “likely” change the movies title to ‘Padmavat

Deepika Padukone in PadmavatiDeepika Padukone in the movie ‘Padmavati’

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has decided to give a U/A certificate ‘along with some modifications’ to Sanjay Leela Bhansalis controversial film “Padmavati” and has asked the filmmaker to “likely” change the movies title to ‘Padmavat’. The film was also asked to give a few disclaimers — one of them regarding not glorifying the practice of Sati and also relevant modifications in the song “Ghoomar” to befit the character portrayed, a CBFC statement said.

The decision was taken after an examining committee meeting was held on Thursday in presence of CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi. The special panel consisted of Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr Chandramani Singh and professor K.K. Singh of Jaipur University.

According to the CBFC, the film was approached with a “balanced view keeping in mind both the filmmakers and the society”. The board asked for several cuts, and a name change, before giving the film the certification for showing in theatres in India. According to some reports, 26 cuts were ordered.

Considering the complexities and concerns around the film, the requirement for a special panel was felt by CBFC “to add perspective to the final decision of the official committee,” the CBFC said.

The final 3D application of the film was submitted to CBFC on Thursday (December 28).

The certificate will be issued once the required modifications are carried out and final material submitted, the board said.

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Dec 082017

padmaStating that a tourism-oriented state like Goa cannot afford law and order problems, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said he will “look into” the demand of the BJP state women’s wing to ban the screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Padmavati’.

Parrikar was speaking to reporters in Panaji after a delegation of the Goa Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Mahila Morcha led by its president Sulakshana Sawant met him at his official residence to demand a ban on the film’s screening in Goa.

The delegation also claimed that it was portraying distorted history. “The other issue about this controversy is a law and order problem, which Goa can’t afford in the tourist season. A touristic state has to be peaceful. So we will look into both aspects of it.”

“As of now, the censor board’s certificate is not granted, so will take a call after it is granted…whether they take into consideration all these aspects and edit the film accordingly,” Parrikar told reporters after accepting the memorandum submitted by Sawant.

The Chief Minister also said the issues raised by the delegation, including wrong portrayal of queen ‘Padmavati’, was also justifiable. “This is the country’s history, where we believe that she committed ‘johar’ to protect herself. Anyway I will not go into what is there actually in the film. That is for the censor board to look into,” he said, complementing the Morcha’s members for raising a “right issue”.

“My personal opinion is straight that history should be portrayed correctly. If history is portrayed in a wrong way, then people’s sentiments might be hurt,” Parrikar said. In their memorandum, the Morcha’s members said the film “distorts history” and “wrongly links adored queen Padmavati with Muslim ruler Allaudin Khilji, who was an “aggressor”.

“It has been a habit of filmmakers to distort Hindi(u) icons and traditions in the guise of creativity. History has depicted ‘Padmavati’ as having committed johar to escape dishonour. Large sections of the Indian people adore queen Padmavati for her valour and chivalry,” the memorandum read. “The release of the controversial film is likely to hurt the sentiments of a large section of society creating unrest in peaceful Goa. The sentiments of women have also been hurt by the wrongful portrayal of queen Padmavati in poor light and association with Khilji is unacceptable,” it added.

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Nov 192017

With all the controversies ensuing over the release of ‘Padmavati’, it seems Sanjay Leela Bhansali would not be able to take a sigh of relief anytime soon. Arjun Gupta, a member of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, came out strongly against Bhansali and said that the filmmaker should be tried for treason for making such movies. ‘I have written a letter to Giriraj Singh and asked him to take strict action against Bhansali and he should be tried for treason,’ Gupta told ANI.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Gupta also noted that it has become a habit of Bhansali to tamper the historical facts in his movies, citing the example of `Bajirao Mastani’. He further added, ‘Bhansali has taken a lot of publicity for his film in this controversy. I’ve always said that he should show the movie to a group of historians first, but he did not. Instead, he showed the movie to some mediapersons, which is also a gimmick to earn publicity for his movie.’ The BJP leader also shared that Bhansali should have shown the movie to the CBFC first, but chose not to because he wanted to get more publicity out of all the controversy going on.

This is not the first time Gupta has written a letter to a minister regarding this matter. He previously wrote a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asking him to take cognisance into the matter. Meanwhile, CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi said that the makers of `Padmavati’ have disappointed the organisation by screening the film for the media and getting it reviewed on national channels before receiving certification. Joshi told ANI, ‘Disappointing that the film ‘Padmavati’ is being screened for the media and getting reviewed on national channels without CBFC having seen or certified the film.’

The movie is based on the legend of Rani Padmini, a Hindu Rajput queen, mentioned in Padmavat, an Avadhi poem written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540. The film, which features Deepika Padukone in the title role as Rani Padmavati, alongside Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji, is scheduled to release on December 1.

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Nov 172017

DippyPadmavatA Meerut resident from the Kshatriya community on Thursday announced a bounty of Rs 5 crore on the heads of film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actor Deepika Padukone for “wrongfully portraying” queen Padmini in their coming film ‘Padmavati’. Thakur Abhishek Som of Sardhana Chaubisi, who claimed affiliation to the Samajwadi Party, said the Kshatriya community will not tolerate wrongful portrayal of the queen and meddling with its rich heritage

Claiming that his political affiliations had nothing to do with his stand, Som warned that even Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not be able to save the Bollywood filmmaker and the actor. Demanding a ban on the movie, Som told the media that it would be better if Deepika Padukone left the country or else her head will be chopped off.

“I am making this declaration on behalf of the Kshatriya Samaj,” he said. He accused Bhansali of lacking knowledge about history and that he was only interested in Box Office profits even if it meant meddling with history. Som said he was ready to face the consequence of his stand on the issue.

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Nov 152017

The Maharashtra government has provided a precautionary security cover to Bollywood filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali amidst increasing controversies and growing threats ahead of the release of his movie “Padmavati”, officials said here.

The level of security provided to him is not yet clear, and Bhansali has so far not commented on it.

However, the Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) has thanked Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for the security cover to Bhansali who lives and works in Mumbai.

“We have no words to express our gratitude for providing police protection to our esteemed member,” filmmaker Ashoke Pandit said on behalf of the film fraternity.

“We commend your assurance to keep the law and order situation in control that speaks volumes of the efficiency of your staff and the police personnel,” he said in a letter to Fadnavis.

Pandit also urged the state government to “help the victim” release his film without anybody’s intrusion and with safety to Bhansali’s life so that he continues to make memorable films and help the future generations learn from his legacy.

Bhansali has been facing the ire of various groups and self-styled experts on what they term as ‘erroneous’ depiction of Rajput queen Rani Padmavati.

There have been protests and violence against Bhansali and opposition to the film right from the time it was being shot at various locales in different parts of India and now, as it prepares for release globally soon.

Barring these groups and individuals, the entire film fraternity and civil society members have expressed support to Bhansali for his latest film venture.

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Nov 092017

SLBFilmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, following widespread criticism against his yet-to-release film “Padmavati”, on Wednesday said the film upholds the honour of Rajputs and does not depict anything that may hurt anyone’s sentiments.

A post on the official Twitter handle of “Padmavati”, read: “‘Padmavati’ my tribute to the sacrifice, valour and honour of Rani Padmavati: Sanjay Leela Bhansali.”

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In an accompanying video link, Bhansali, who has so far refrained from commenting much on the controversy, says: “I’ve made this film ‘Padmavati’ with a lot of sincerity, responsibility and hard work. I have always been inspired by Rani Padmavati’s story and this film salutes her valour and sacrifice. But because of some rumours, this film has become a subject of controversy.

“The controversy is over the fact that the film has a dream sequence between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji — something that I have already denied even in written. Now through this video, I am reiterating that in our film, Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji have no such scene together which hurts anyone’s sentiments.

“We have made this film with a lot of responsibility and have kept the pride and honour of the Rajputs in mind.”

The movie, which is being called an epic historical drama, features Deepika Padukone as Rajput queen Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as her husband Rawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji.

It is slated to release on December 1. But the film has been mired in controversy ever since it was in the midst of being shot, over alleged distortion of facts.

Bhansali was attacked at the Jaipur set of the film by activists of Rajput organisation Shri Rajput Karni Sena. Later, a set of the film in Kolhapur was vandalised and set on fire.

Karni Sena representatives have been voicing concerns over the film’s release, and Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha has protested against its release too. Some political leaders are of the view that the makers must show the film to historians

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Oct 302017


Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali who launched Sonam Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor in Bollywood will now be launching veteran actress Poonam Dhillon and filmmaker Ashok Thakeria’s son, Anmol Thakeria. Previously Bhansali was also rumoured to launch Jaaved Jaafery’s son Meezan, who had worked with him as an assistant director on his magnum opus ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

Now according to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Bhansali will launch Anmol Thakeria is one of his upcoming projects. The news comes close on the heels of initial reports that Shahid Kapoor, who is also a part of SLB’s Padmavati, had been signed for the film, rumours that the actor has denied. A source close to the development revealed that Anmol has had several meetings with Bhansali over the past month to discuss the project. The film’s team is still looking for a leading lady though Kiara Advani’s name has been doing the rounds.

“Anmol returns from his holiday today. Details about the project will be clearer once he is back in town. The film is expected to kick off next year,” adds the source, informing that Anmol has studied in a college in London for two years and is currently vacationing in London with close friend Harshvardhan Kapoor with whom he also works out. “He has trained in acting at Anupam Kher’s academy and has learnt dance from Shaimak Davar.” Anmol’s younger sister, 22-year-old Paloma, was in the news earlier this year with her style statement on the social media. His producer-dad’s last production was ‘Great Grand Masti’.

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Oct 242017

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati’s first song ‘Ghoomar’ will be out tomorrow. The film starring Deepika Padukone as the legendary, Rajput queen ‘Padmavati’ is the most awaited film of this year. Knowing how Sanjay Leela Bhansali pays attention to even minute details, ‘Ghoomar’ can be expected to showcase the grandeur and exquisite culture of the ‘Rajputs’. For those who don’t know, ‘Ghoomar’ is the traditional folk dance and a part of the heritage of Rajasthan. Just like ‘Bajirao Mastani’ showed Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone in a ‘laavni’ face-off ‘Pinga’, ‘Padmavati’ will have ‘Ghoomar’ as their traditional dance sequence.

The first look of Deepika Padukone as ‘Queen Padmavati’ won a lot of hearts and people couldn’t stop showering their praises on her. Bhansali ensured that he paid attention to every detail before decking up Dippy. Her jewellery, makeup and clothes personified ‘Padmavati’. Deepika looked ethereal in ethnic wear. The film stars Shahid Kapoor Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Allaudin Khilji. It is Deepika Padukone who delivers a goosebump-raising dialogue, one of the most powerful words spoken in the film.

The actress is seen holding a graceful stance with the voiceover of the dialogues mouthed by Deepika sign off the visually alluring Padmavati trailer. The words, ‘Rajputi kangan main utni hi taqat hai, jitni Rajputi talvar main’, are the crux of the film that is backed by the heritage culture of Chittor – Mewar. The dialogue is spoken by Deepika Padukone exhibiting a powerful yet graceful stance. With the exemplary delivery of the hard-hitting dialogue, Deepika Padukone ends the ‘Padmavati’ trailer on a high note, building incredible anticipation for the film’s release. The official handle of the film tweeted out the announcement of the song launch which is scheduled for tomorrow. 

From graceful expressions to rhythmic spins, here are some interesting Ghoomar facts.

— Padmavati (@FilmPadmavati) October 24, 2017

In an interview previously, Deepika spoke about her role saying it did take a toll on her and exhausted her. 

She said: “Working in Padmavati was an exhausting experience. It takes quite a lot to work on a character for nine months constantly round the clock. Certain characters just don’t leave your system.” Deepika Padukone took to her Twitter to express her gratitude for the tremendous love and support she got for the ‘Padmavati’ trailer. The actress who rightly portrays the most beautiful woman in the world took the opportunity to express her joy and heartfelt gratitude she felt towards everyone for the love and appreciation she was showered with in her tweets. 

The actress expressed her gratitude saying, “And as this day comes to an end, I cannot even begin to express the gratitude and joy I feel today!”. She further added, “I sometimes wonder,’ what have I done to deserve so much love and appreciation’ and while I seek,all I can say is a big big Thank You! (sic)”

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Oct 102017

The trailer of ‘Padmavati’ dropped yesterday setting off an unprecedented explosion and even after 24 hours, it’s still the only thing that is ticking in B-town.

Interestingly, the focus was less on ‘Padmavati’ and more on the handsome, brooding men, Shahid and Ranveer. At present it seems like the entire nation is blown away by the intense and crazy-eyed ‘Khilji’, as replay buttons are being brutally abused only to watch Ranveer’s piercing eyes.

Ranveer Singh's Message After Huge Response to Padmavati Trailer© Viacom 18

Of course, comparisons are only natural and Ranveer sure does look like he’s trying to tap his inner ‘Khal Drogo’.

Ranveer Singh's Message After Huge Response to Padmavati Trailer© Twitter

The trailer has done its job of boggling our minds and while the views continue to keep increasing, we are confident that this is going to being Ranveer’s best work ever. It was even revealed that he had to consult a therapist to help him get out of the mindset of ‘Khilji’, clearly proving that this role will redefine his career.

Blownnnnnnnn away by the #PadmavatiTrailer !!!!! Noooo words!!!!! Epic epic epic @shahidkapoor @deepikapadukone @RanveerOfficial !!!!!

— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) October 9, 2017

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is the bonafide master craftsmen of Indian cinema ….breathtaking and magnificent visuals all over #PadmavatiTrailer

— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) October 9, 2017

Even Rajamouli, the ace director of the celebrated ‘Baahubali’ franchise took to social media to express his awe.

Insanely beautiful !!!
Each frame etched to perfection by the master craftsman. #PadmavatiTrailer

— rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli) October 9, 2017

His special mention was for none other than our beloved ‘Khilji’

. @RanveerOfficial looks menacing and frightening yet can’t take my eyes off him..

— rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli) October 9, 2017

Ranveer has owned the internet with his dramatic, crazy look and being the humble bee that he is, a heartfelt letter from his end was out there in no time.


A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Oct 9, 2017 at 2:03pm PDT

He even got a tad bit emotional during a live session he held with his fans after the trailer came out.

Updates | Ranveer Singh thanking his fans ( he is getting a little bit emotional 😭?�)

— Ranveer Singh #TB (@RanveerSinghtbt) October 9, 2017

The movie is all set for a December 1st release and we can already predict all the awards flowing towards Ranveer. At this point we can only wonder if there is anyone else in the industry who has a chance of competing with that level of brilliance. Keep thinking about it….while we go watch the trailer AGAIN!

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Oct 102017

ranveerInternet could finally exhale at 13:03 hours yesterday as the trailer of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s much-awaited project Padmavati came to us. While the Shahid Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh starrer exudes grandeur from the very first scene of the trailer, it rightly seems like a celebration of Rajput valor and heroism with shades of the delicate love story between Maharawal Ratan Singh and Queen Padmini. A vicious Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji assures the grin on the royal faces while he maintains his wicked smile.

While the hoopla surrounding the movie and it’s historic relevance created quite a buzz, a Rajput body, Shri Rajput Karni Sena, seems to be vying to protect the projection of their Queen. Thanks to Karni Sena’s ‘interest’, the movie was attacked when it was being made.It all began with Bhansali being assaulted on the sets of his period-drama in Jaipur, Rajasthan and the tentacles soon spread to Maharashtra when sets were vandalized in Kolhapur. The crew was manhandled, Bhansali had to add an extra layer of scrutiny and return to Mumbai to complete the shoot, not to forget the extensive damage on the financial and creative scale.

The filmmaker was made to toe the line and succumb to the group’s aggression. Not only did he assure there was no distortion of facts or any kind of chemistry shown between Padmini and Khilji’s character, Karni Sena demanded to be in on the the script and be shown the movie first to then in order the final draft was ‘historically correct’ and protects the interest of their community. Despite handing out confirmations, Karni Sena doesn’t seem to be in any mood to listen. Ever since the posters were released they have issues threats to halt the release of the film.

Soon after the trailer was out and Sena was at it. This time they have gone for the cinema theatres and multiplexes. In what seems like a warning to PVR Cinemas, they have asked them to not release Padmavati and if done so, they’d be responsible for any kind of losses thereafter.


Rajput Karni Sena opines Rani Padmini has been wrongly presented in the film and that the misrepresentation hurts the sentiments of the Kshatriya community. While Bollywood is jumping with joy and has already deemed the film as a blockbusters, looks like Padmavati won’t descend to the screens so easily! Picture abhi baaki hai…

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