Padmaavat, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh will be released in UAE at the same day as its Indian release, that is, 25 January 2018. This will surely come as a relief for the makers of the movie, as it has become of the most controversial Indian film projects in India because of the conflict against the fringe group Karni Sena, which has objected to the content of the moive and its representation of Rani Padmini. The movie had been scheduled to be released on 1 December 2017, but had to be voluntarily deferred because it had not been issued the clearance certificate from the censor board, CBFC.
But now, after careful consideration, CBFC has granted the movie, a U/A certificate and passed it to be released, which has angered the Karni Sena. They have now called for a complete ban on the movie and will be having a Janata curfew on 25 January 2018 as a way to protest.
The movie has also been banned in Rajasthan, as the chief Minister Vasundhara Raje gave the excuse that they don’t have enough resources to counter any potential violence that could be done by the Sena to the cinema halls. However, the Padmaavat has already been given a green light in Goa. There is a probability that the movie could be banned in some more states owning to a law and order situation.
The CBFC, prior to giving the certificate had asked the makers for five modifications, one of which included changing the name of the movie so that it won’t be mistaken for a historical story and align more with the poem on which it is based. The name was changed from Padmavati to Padmaavat, something which became a topic of amusement across the social media.