Deepika Padukone-starrer Padmavat (Padmavati) banned in Gujarat despite changes

Apart from Rajasthan at least 3 other states will not allow Padmaavat's release

The Gujarat government on Sunday issued a notification banning the screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming period drama "Padmaavat" across the state, saying the step was necessary to maintain law and order.

"Changing the name of the controversial film, Padmavati [to Padmavat ], is not enough".

Yet, despite the Censor board's clearance, Padmaavat will not be screened in Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Himachal Pradesh. "We believe that this is the right time for us to truly make in India and show the world a tale that every Indian is proud of".

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In the case of a single release, Padmaavat could aim at 4,500 screens and Padman 3,500 screens.

Padmaavat, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, was originally supposed to be released on December 1, but repeated protests and threats of violence by Rajput groups, led by the Rajput Karni Sena, stalled the release and delayed its certification.

Both the films will now capitalise on the Republic Day weekend.

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While the trailer of the Padman was an instant hit and the movie also generated the flawless buzz, the clash of Padmaavat with Padman, stole the film's thunder, leaving Mrs Funnybones a bit displeased!

"We arrested 136 Karni Sena supporters, who were protesting outside the CBFC office at Cumballa Hill area in South Mumbai, under section 143 of IPC for unlawful assembly", he said.

The movie's title has been changed from Padmavati to Padmaavat, possibly to reflect the fact it is based on the work.

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The makers reiterated Bhansali's statement and said that the film is an "ode to the famed valour and legacy and courage of Rajputs and portrays Rani Padmavati with utmost respect and does not tarnish her repute or misreperesnet her character in any manner". Sanjay bhansali is a sensitive film maker and he has made films in nearly all the major Indian cultures but never has he been disrespectful of them for no reason instead he represents it beautifully on screen.

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