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PADMAVAT SET FOR JAN 25 RELEASE

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 | PTI | Mumbai/Jaipur- After facing several roadblocks, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial film Padmavati, retitled Padmavat, seems set for a January 25 release, sources in Viacom18 Motion Pictures said on Monday. However, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Monday announced that the film will not be released in the State. “The sacrifice of Rani Padmini is a matter of pride for the State and she is not just a chapter of history for us. We will not let it hurt in any case. Directions in this regard have been given to Rajasthan Home minister,” Raje said. Following the announcement, Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, Rajasthan BJP chief and several Rajput organisations spoke out against the movie. The film, mired in controversy over its plot line, has been cleared by the censor board, with title change and other modifications. The film was earlier scheduled to be released on December 1. Though Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Sanjay Leela Bhansali have not released an official statement yet, sources in the production house said the film will release on January 25. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to announce the release date. “#Padmavat to release on 25 Jan 2018… #RepublicDayWeekend,” he tweeted. The producers are trying to cover some lost ground by releasing the film ahead of a long weekend (January 26 is a Friday) but the movie will clash with Akshay Kumar starrer Padman. Asked about a possible face-off with Padmavat, Akshay said he was not worried. Padman producer Prerna Arora, too, sounded optimistic. “We are coming with Padman on January 25, we are not nervous or worried about the clash. We are confident about our film. I think two big films can come together. If the film is good it will do well commercially irrespective of a clash. We are happy for Padmavat (release),” she said. The makers of Manoj Bajpayee-starrer Aiyaary, earlier slated to be released on January 26, have decided to postpone its release to February 9. Asked about the possible clash with Padmavat, Jayantilal Gada, one of the producers of Aiyaary, said, “We will move our release date to February 9.” On December 28, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) decided to give Bhansali’s period film a U/A certification along with some modifications and suggested that the film’s title be changed to Padmavat to befit the source material, Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic of the same name. The board also suggested modifications in disclaimers and relevant changes in the song Ghoomar. CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi had said the producers and director of the film were “completely in agreement” with the proposed modifications.

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