Magazine article Screen International

Controversial Indian Epic 'Padmavat' Cleared for January Release

Magazine article Screen International

Controversial Indian Epic 'Padmavat' Cleared for January Release

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Viacom18 delayed the release when the religious controversy that had plagued the film since it was in production started to escalate.

‘Padmavat’

Indian director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial period epic Padmavat has been granted a censor certificate and secured a release date on January 25.

Viacom18 Motion Pictures will release the film in India, while Paramount Pictures International is handling the international release.

The film, based on an epic poem about India’s Rajput kings, was originally scheduled to open globally on December 1, 2017. However, Viacom18 delayed the release when the religious controversy that had plagued the film since it was in production started to escalate.

Local religious groups, aligned with a warrior caste that traces its lineage back to the Rajput kings, claimed the film contained scenes that hurt religious and national sentiments. Some fringe members of the groups attacked the film’s sets when it was in production, and issued death threats for Bhansali and actress Deepika Padukone. …

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