Padmavati, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh has generated the most explosive controversy of the year, which, most probably going to flow into the next year. The release of the movie was deferred when the CBFC was unable to certify it, owing to some “technical issues” about the documents that were submitted to them. Now, the CBFC has created a panel of six people, including historians and members from the royal families of Rajasthan that is going to decide the fate of the movie, and if it has distorted any historical facts.
The decision has raised many question on the social media platform, as people are asking why does the CBFC need help in certifying a movie that is based on a poem, which is the only document that proves her existence. But since the decision is made, it could be sooner than later that the movie is certified and scheduled for a release in the country. Padmavati has been banned in five states in India, including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat even though none of the authorities have watched the movie yet, and after the advice of supreme court that they should refrain from making any statements that could color the decision of the CBFC board.
The Supreme court has been a voice of reason in the controversy, rejecting all the petitions to ban or restrict the movie made by lawyers, stating that the decision rests with CBFC only and no one else should try to curb the freedom of expression in the country.
The movie has been criticized for its portrayal of Rani Padmavati in the hit song Ghoomar, in which she has been seen dancing before a court and baring her midriff, something that has offended a lot of people. However, the Sanjay Leela Bhansali has already said that the movie doesn’t portray Padmavati in a negative light, and is instead made to honor her courage.