Rajasthan HC to watch Padmavat before quashing FIR against Bhansali

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A day after BJP-ruled state Gujarat put a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmaavat", the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday gave a green signal to the magnum opus starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. And yes, the movie name will now be changed to "Padmavat" instead of Padmavati, heeding to one of the changes proposed by the Censor board after reviewing the movie. The film is finally up for release on January 25th when Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor's film will clash with Akshay Kumar-Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor starrer "PadMan" in midst of protests by Karni Sena demanding a ban on the film.

An FIR was lodged by two persons - and Nagpal Singh - with the police in Nagaur district in March a year ago, alleging that the film had distorted "historical facts" and "hurt the image of Rani Padmini". The movie was cleared with a few changes, and on the condition that Bhansali and Viacom18 Motion Pictures change the title to align it closer to its source material.

"'Padmaavat' is a cinematic masterpiece in every sense of the word".

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According to producers, Padmaavat is the first Indian film that will have a global IMAX 3D release. Madhya Pradesh CM also hinted that the prior ban on the film will continue despite it being cleared by CBFC. However the decision has not gone down well at the members of the Rajput Karni Sena, who have demanded a complete ban on the film. The film is scheduled to release on January 25.

"A request will be made to him as well to stop the screening of the film", he said. We hope we will surpass the expectations of our fans from across the world. He further added, "Padmaavat is a story that's inherently Indian in its context, ethos and values".

Ajit Andhare, Chief Operating Officer, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, said the movie will witness a "mega-scale release across maximum screens, languages and formats covering 2D, 3D and Imax 3D in India and the world".

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