It may have been in the eye of a storm in India but Sanjay Leela Bhansali period drama ‘Padmaavat’ , which released on Thursday amid riots and protests across the country, has got clearance from the Pakistan’s Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) which has cleared the film with a ‘U’ certification.
Earlier, there were reports that Pakistan would order some cuts over the negative portrayal of Alauddin Khilji. But, the film has been cleared without any cuts in the country, trade sources said on Thursday.
Mobashir Hasan, CBFC chief of Islamabad-Pakistan, took to his Twitter to announce the certification and said,”Central Board of Film Censors #CBFC has declared a feature film containing Indian cast & crew #Padmaavat without any excision suitable for public exhibition in the cinemas with a ‘U’ certification.”
Though, some states are still forcing the ban and some cinema owners are not planning to release the film in India, Supreme Court dismissed the plea by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to ban the film.
The movie features Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji and Shahid Kapoor as Maha Rawal Ratan Singh in the lead roles.
Though trade sources said the film opened to a good response across the country, screenings in theatres are being held under tight security following threats of disruption by the Karni Sena.
Despite assurances by the makers of the film that ‘Padmaavat’ will maintain the honour and dignity of Queen Padmavati, the Karni sena continues to carry out protests against its screening.