After Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat has banned the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's ambitious project Padmaavat, reports news agency ANI.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, on Friday, said that Padmaavat will not release in Gujarat. Padmaavat is scheduled to release on January 25. (Also Read: Himachal govt bans Padmavat, CM Jai Ram Thakur says 'film is controversial')
Padmaavat, formerly titled Padmavati, witnessed severe dissent ever since it began filming, from fringe outfits, initially and the censor board soon after. The film was originally scheduled for December 1, 2017, but its release was deferred due to imcomplete paperwork. Padmaavat has now been cleared by the censor board after adding another 'a' and dropping the letter 'i' in its title.
Rajput groups such as the Karni Sena have staged rampant protests against the film, alleging that the makers distorted history and filmed a dream sequence between Rani Padmini and Alauddin Khilji inspite of Bhansali denying allegations as such, consistently.
After CBFC's approval, makers of Padmaavat changed the title of the film on its official handles on social media including Twitter and Instagram.
However, Padmaavat's clearance by the CBFC hasn't satisifed the Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh governments, that have banned the film in its respective states. (Also Read: Rajasthan government bows down to fringe, Padmavat to not release in the state)
Goa, on the other hand, has given a green signal to Padmaavat as Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that his government will not object to its release if the film has a censor certificate.
Padmaavat casts Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in principal roles. On January 25, Padmaavat will clash with akshay Kumar's PadMan at the box-office.