After much delay, the CBFC finally chose to release the film on January 25 this year albeit with a few changes.
At least 159 activists of the Rajasthan-based Karni Sena were arrested on Friday while protesting outside the Central Board of Film Certification's office here against the clearance given to Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavat", earlier titled "Padmavati".
This film has taken some unbelievable political turns as Rajput vote bank is very big in this country and that's precisely why Vasundhara Raje banned the film in Rajasthan so that she can secure Rajput votes in next election.
A Times of India report says that the film will release as planned on January 25, although no official confirmation regarding the release date has been issued.
UP's government lead by Yogi Adityanath has said that it would not stop the release of the film in UP. After Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat has also banned the film in the entire region. "But, in view of the protest calls from some quarters and the law and order in mind, a close watch is being kept on the developments", he added.
So far, only Goa CM Manohar Parrikar has said the film will be allowed to release in his state.
The Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh governments today announced that Deepika Padukone-starrer "Padmavat" will not be released in these states. Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan stand against the film hasn't changed even after Padmavati becomes Padmaavat.
After Rajasthan and Gujarat chief ministers made a decision to ban the Deepika Padukone-Shahid Kapoor-Ranveer Singh starrer Padmaavat in their respective seats, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said that the film will not be banned from releasing in his state.