Release of 'Padmavati' in United Kingdom is totally illegal: CBFC

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone

Second, if the producers decide to release the movie in the United Kingdom market, the decision would open up possibilities of the film getting pirated and leaked in the Indian market before Padmavati gets a chance to hit screens back home.

After Vasundhara Raje, Yogi Adityanath and Shivraj Singh Chauhan, he is the fourth chief minister from a BJP-ruled state to oppose the film's release. "We believe in freedom of speech & expression but any foul play with our great culture is not tolerated", Rupani tweeted.

Deepika Padukone at a promotional event in Mumbai for the forthcoming Hindi film'Padmavati
Deepika Padukone at a promotional event in Mumbai for the forthcoming Hindi film'Padmavati

"If historical facts are distorted, and if anything is shown or said in the movie against the respect of the country's mother Padmavatiji, then that movie can not be allowed to release in the land of Madhya Pradesh", Chouhan said. Interestingly, the film which was slated to release on December 1 here, will now be screened on the same day in the UK.

The Rajput Samaj of United Kingdom today launched a boycott against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial film "Padmavati" in the country after the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) cleared the film without any cuts.

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After three states calling for a ban on Deepika Padukone-starrer 'Padmavati', Maharashtra Tourism Minister has demanded a ban on the screening of the controversy-ridden film in the state. The British Board of Film Classification or BBFC announced on Wednesday the embattled Padmavati had been certified "12A" (equivalent to "U/A" in India).

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film was given a 12A rating by the BBFC which passed it for audiences in the United Kingdom without any cuts. The film was earlier scheduled to release on December 1.

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As the makers of the film released the trailer of Padmavati and declared its release date, protests over the film once again started and this time it got ample support from both the Congress and the BJP. It is mired in controversy in India as Hindu groups backed by the BJP are up in arms against alleged "distortion of historical facts".

The film, Padmavati, is based on a 16th century Sufi epic poem in which a Rajput queen chooses to kill herself rather than be captured by the Muslim sultan of Delhi, Allaudin Khilji.

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"Padmavati" has been facing the wrath of various Rajput groups and political leaders, who have accused Bhansali of distorting history.

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