Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavat (Earlier Padmavati) has finally got a release date. The Deepika, Shahid and Ranveer Singh starrer will clash with Akshay Kumar’s Padman and release on January 25.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period saga Padmavat (earlier Padmavati) has clearly dealt with more than its share of controversy but the film finally has a release date.
Padmavat was scheduled to release on December 1, 2017 but the film landed into a controversy with a group named Rajput Karni Sena raising objections to the portrayal of the queen in the film. Various political and religious groups later joined the protests objecting to the film’s content saying it tarnished the image of the Rajput culture.
The film will hit cinema-halls on January 25, 2018.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted Padmavat’s release date but an official confirmation from the filmmakers is awaited. He tweeted, “#Padmavat to release on 25 Jan 2018… #RepublicDayWeekend”.
CFBCs Scissor on the movie
Although Padmavat will be out in theatres, it will not be in its original form as the CBFC had suggested around five changes in the film. The changes include—
-Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been asked to make sure the disclaimer clearly mentions that the movie does not vouch for being historically accurate.
-The board also suggested dropping the ‘i’ at the end of the word Padmavati, to make it clear that the film has been picked up from a creative material of the fictional poem called Padmavat.
-CBFC has asked to make changes to the song Ghoomar.
-The board also asked to modify “incorrect/misleading” references to historical places.
-Filmmakers have been asked to add a disclaimer saying the film in no manner endorses or condones the practice of Sati.
Padman’s team on Padmavat
Here’s what Khiladi Kumar have to say, “Every film has the right to release whenever they (makers) want, and I am happy for them.”
Sonam Kapoor added: “It is not announced officially, isn’t it? If it is, it is good. There is a need for competition when it comes to films and (it is) high time that the film releases. Good cinema is good cinema, I don’t believe in competition. And honestly, I am just happy that the film is releasing, more than anything else, and I hope the film does well. I am pretty sure that there is no official statement from the production house of the film release.”
Clash of the Titans
It was the same day last year (Jan 25, 2017) when two Bollywood biggies face-off to grab audience’s attention. SRK in Raees and Hrithik in Kaabil were up against each other and this year it will be Akshay Kumar’s Padman and the multi-starrer Padmavat.
The clash could be disappointing for Bollywood as it would mean that the show timings, footfalls, and the audience will be divided between the two films as was seen last year.
Holidays like Diwali, Christmas, and Eid have traditionally been profitable periods for films but Akshay Kumar was able to do the same with other holidays like Republic Day and Independence Day. With films like Baby, Airlift, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Kumar has entertained moviegoers with quality content and it would not be an easy task for Padmavat to beat Kumar at his own game.