The Rajasthan Government has decided on Monday to ban the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ on January 25. The decision of Rajasthan Government came out soon after the producer’s of the movie has decided for a national release of the movie on January 25.
As per the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) suggestions, the director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, was ready to change the title of the movie into ‘Padmavat’ and integrate some other changes too. But still, these changes do not appease the Rajasthan Government.
It is said that the hard decision from the Rajasthan Government as part of reaping some future political benefits. Rajasthan soon witness few crucial by-elections. The important two are the elections that of Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha constituencies. The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) of Rajasthan does not want to swim against the public sentiment. In Rajasthan, there was a wide protest against the film ‘Padmavati’. Major heads of the Rajasthan Government including Gulabchand Katariya, the home minister of Rajasthan, do not want to draw in the ire of the mob and they fear it will turn into negative votes in the by elections.
Top BJP honchos like Rajasthan’s BJP Chief Ashok Parnami and all did not believe that CBFC had removed all the objectionable parts of the movie. The president of the Shree Rajput Sabha too echoed Parnami.
As of now, Padmavati has been renamed Padmavat, after Muhammad Malik Jayasi's 16th Century poem on which the film is supposedly based. The CBFC recommended several modifications to the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, before passing it with a U/A certificate.