The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has decided to give a U/A certificate “along with 5 modifications” to Sanjay Leela Bhansalis controversial film Padmavati and has asked the filmmaker to “likely” change the movie’s title to Padmavat. The film was also asked to give a few disclaimers — one of them regarding not glorifying the practice of Sati and also relevant modifications in the song “Ghoomar” to befit the character portrayed, a CBFC statement said. The decision was taken after an examining committee meeting was held on Thursday (December 28) in presence of CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi. The special panel consisted of Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr Chandramani Singh and professor KK Singh of Jaipur University. According to the CBFC, the film was approached with a “balanced view keeping in mind both the filmmakers and the society”.

Considering the complexities and concerns around the film, the requirement for a special panel was felt by CBFC “to add perspective to the final decision of the official committee,” the CBFC said. The final 3D application of the film was submitted to CBFC on Thursday (December 28). The certificate will be issued once the required modifications are carried out and final material submitted, the board said. “Padmavati”, which was earlier slated for release on December 1, got embroiled into controversies after the Karni Sena, an organisation of the Rajput community, urged a nationwide ban on the film claiming that it “distorts historical facts”. Members of the political organisation also physically assaulted Bhansali during the film’s shooting in Jaipur earlier this year. 

Here are the official statements by CBFC Chief Prasoon Jodhi on Padmavati issue:

There are some questions I have received about the information I ‘d asked to be shared on Padmavati. Let me clarify and set the record straight.

Are there numerous cuts as a few media houses are saying:

 Incorrect. There are no cuts suggested in this film by CBFC only 5 modifications. These are as follows:

  1. To change the disclaimer clearly to one that does not claim historical accuracy
  2. The title to be changed from Padmavati; the discussed change is to “Padmavat” as the filmmakers have attributed their material/creative source as the  fictional Poem Padmavat and not history.
  3. Make  modifications in the song Ghoomar to make the depiction befitting  the character being portrayed
  4. Modify  the incorrect/misleading reference to  historical places
  5. Add a disclaimer which clearly makes the point that the film in no manner subscribes to the practice of Sati or seeks to glorify it.
  6. Have these changes being agreed to by the filmmakers.

Yes these are completely in agreement with the filmmakers — the producers and Director of the film.

When was the film seen by the CBFC

 The viewing took place late on the 28th of December evening, where I (Prasoon Joshi) was present along with the  Examining  Committee members and the Special panel. A long discussion ensued post which the filmmakers were met as well.

Why a special panel?

Considering the complexities and concerns around the film the requirement for a special panel was felt by CBFC to add perspective to the final decision of the CBFC official committee

Also importantly please also note 

The filmmakers, BhansaIi Productions, in a written communication to CBFC  had themselves too requested for a special panel of historians/academicians and members of the Rajput community to view the Film.

Is having a special panel a new precedent set by CBFC?

Having a specialist panel at CBFC has been done before. Can cite two examples:  “Aarkashan’ wherein an eminent panel representing a concerned group was created and also in case of Jodhaa Akbar wherein historical experts were called in.

Who were the people in the specialist panel

The special panel consisted of Shri Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr.Chandramani Singh and Prof K.K. Singh of the Jaipur University. 

The members of the panel had insights and also some reservations regarding the claimed historical events and socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length

The decision and your comments

To give the film UA certification 

This was an unprecedented and tough situation. Am glad that following a balanced approach we resolved the task at hand in a  pragmatic and positive manner.