Having itself gripped with controversies, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati will now have to wait for its official release. The makers of the film have confirmed about the film’s release date being postponed. Padmavati, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh which was supposed to release on December 1, as per the reports in an entertainment portal, will now release on February 14, 2018.
Moreover, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures which has collaborated with Padmavati, released an official statement mentioning the postponement of the film’s release.
The statement reads, “Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind Padmavati has voluntarily deferred the release date of the film from December 1st, 2017. Along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, amongst the most gifted filmmakers of his generation, Viacom18 Motion Pictures has created a beautiful cinematic masterpiece in Padmavati that captures Rajput valour, dignity and tradition in all its glory. The film is an eloquent portrayal of a tale that will fill every Indian with pride and showcase our country’s story-telling prowess across the globe. We are a responsible, law-abiding corporate citizen and have the highest respect and regard for the law of the land and all our institutions and statutory bodies including the Central Board of Film Certification. We always have and are committed to continue following the established procedure and convention. We have faith that we will soon obtain the requisite clearances to release the film. We will announce the revised release date of the film in due course. We stand firm in our commitment to tell endearing tales that resonate with our audiences the world over as we have in the past with our other projects such as Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Queen, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and many more.”
Besides this, the film hasn’t been submitted to CBFC in the given period for certification. Speaking about the same, the source said to a leading Indian entertainment portal, “Apparently, the CBFC has used Rule 41 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 which states that the total time limit of getting a film censored requires 68 days. There is a process involved which begins from the scrutiny of applications, formation of examining committee, forwarding the EC report to Chairman, communication of the order to the applicant, surrender of cuts by the producer, examination of cuts to the issue of certificate. The producers who have applied for the censor certificates of their films have to go through this process now. If you go by that rule, it will surely mean the delay in the release dates of films like Firangi, Padmavati and Tiger Zinda Hai and none of them will get a censor certificate till January, 2018. Recently, when Padmavati’s application for a censor certificate had come up for review, it was sent back as the paperwork was incomplete. Firangi has recently applied for a censor certificate while Tiger Zinda Hai is yet to apply. But everyone is choosing to keep a tight-lipped silence as nobody knows what’s going on.”