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The Gujarat government has banned controversial, yet-to-be released film Padmaavat, earlier called Padmavati. The state is the second to ban the Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed film, following Rajasthan, after the Central Board of Film Certification green-signalled it for release.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that Padmaavat will be banned in his state. Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje has also declared a ban on the film in the state.
Deepika Padukone-starrer Padmavati was renamed Padmaavat a few days ago, after Malik Muhammad Jayasi's 16th Century epic poem that the film is supposedly based on. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed film is set to hit the screens on January 26, 2018 as of now, say sources.
Earlier today, Shri Raput Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi said in Ahmedabad that they would impose a 'janta curfew' to make sure people do not see Padmaavat in cinemas.
Kalvi claimed that he is not only confident, but over-confident that Gujarat state will ban it. And Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani just made Kalvi's words come true by banning Padmaavat in the state.
At the moment, there is a ban on the release of the film in Gujarat according to a statement given by the chief minister last month," Kalvi said earlier today.
He went on to add, "I will be meeting him again soon to ensure that the ban continues. I am overconfident that the film will not release here," he told India Today Television on Friday afternoon.
He added that as many as 'eight states' have already banned the release of the film. When asked to elaborate on what exactly a 'junta curfew' would entail, Kalvi refused to do so. When asked specifically if it was a threat of violence to stop people from visiting cinema halls, Kalvi refused to answer clearly, "Wait and watch what a janta curfew means.
Officials of the Gujarat government have so far refused to comment on record about Kalvi's statements. In off-the-record conversations, they have however maintained that the film was banned before elections, and since the CBFC clearance has not yet been granted, there is no question of reconsidering that situation.
The CBFC asked for modifications in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film and agreed to clear it with a 'U/A' certificate, given the makers incorporated the changes in Padmavati. The title, from Padmavati to Padmaavat, too was among the changes asked for by the CBFC.
The Karni Sena chief also said that he will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well in a few days and request him to exercise the special powers that he has to stop the release of this film.
Just following the rumours that the film will release on January 26 or 25, there are threats of violence by various groups. I insist that the movement must remain non-violent. We will protest in a peaceful manner. But the situation may get out of control looking at the threats being dished out by other groups. The PM has the power to stop the release of the film despite a clearance by the CBFC. I urge the PM to use this right of his for this film," he added.
Earlier too, Kalvi's group has organised protests in Gujarat to stop the release of the film. Ahead of the polls last month, Kalvi's group had organsied a big gathering of the Rajput community in Gandhingar to show to the government that they do have a strong support base.
Kalvi said the BJP feels a fatwa on their part would affect their poll prospects. This is what they feel, I am not saying this. I would therefore urge the ruling party to consider my request favourably and ban the release of the film for good," Kalvi concluded.
Padmaavat, that was initially scheduled to release on December 1, 2017, is finally expected to see the light of day this month.
The Prasoon Joshi-led Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) said that Padmavati would be certified a 'U/A', provided Bhansali and the film team made the suggested modifications.
Padmaavat stars Deepika Padukone in the lead role, as Rani Padmini of Chittor. Shahid Kapoor essays the role of Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh is stepping into the shoes of Alauddin Khilji.
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