Over 70 activists of the Rajasthan- based Karni Sena were detained in Mumbai on Friday while protesting outside the Central Board of Film Certification's office against the clearance given to Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed movie.
CBFC had given the Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor starrer a U/A certificate and suggested numerous changes including changing the title.
The movie, which was earlier set to arrive in theatres on December 1 a year ago, will now release on January 25.
Although Padmavat is not the only film creating ripples in the film timetable but it surely is the first one to start the domino effect in 2018. "We appreciate the balanced and considered approach that the CBFC has taken to address this situation", a company spokesperson from Viacom18 Media Pvt Ltd told. On Thursday, producers of the film, Viacom 18, confirmed the new name of the film, Padmaavat, while staying quiet about the release date.
India has the largest film industry in the world in terms of number of films produced.
The CBFC asked Bhansali to change the name of his historical drama Padmavati to Padmavat, after the 16th Century epic that it is an adaptation of. "We have full faith in the CBFC and in the transparent, fair and inclusive process that has been followed", it said.
Activists of the Rajput outfit, under the leadership of Sukhdev Singh Gogameri, gathered outside the CBFC office to express dissent over the censor board's decision to allow the release of the controversial movie.
It's (almost) official. Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus is not Padmavati and neither is it Padmavat. And will be clashing with Akshay Kumar's Pad Man. Even after all the necessary legal precautions of releasing a film being cleared by Padmaavat, Karni Sena simply wants the film to be never showcased as they think that the film is twisting history. This has already been communicated by CBFC and a U/A certificate has been given to the film.