Padmaavat cleared for release in Pakistan with 'U' certification
Amid fears of riots in some parts of India over the release of 'Padmaavat, Pakistan's censor board has cleared the movie for release with a 'U' certification. Earlier, there were some apprehensions in Pakistan over the portrayal of Alauddin Khilji in the magnum opus directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Meanwhile, in India, several states, including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab, tried to ban the film but Supreme Court ruled that this would violate creative freedoms.
Since the last few days, protesters belonging to the Rajput Karni Sena and other groups have been attacking malls, multiplexes and setting vehicles on fire in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh.
Karni Sena has been vehemently opposing the public screening of the film since last year as it allegedly hurt their sentiments by depicting queen Padmavati (Padmini) in a bad light.
They are demanding a complete ban on Padmaavat, in spite of several scenes being deleted from the film, including changing the title from Padmavati to Padmaavat, as suggested by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
After the CBFC (also known as the Censor Board) approved the film, several states like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh decided to ban the film. However, the Supreme Court has asked the states to release the film and provide security measures to thwart any violence.