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After Being Banned In Gujarat & MP, 'Padmaavat' Receives Nod From UP Govt For Release

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| January 13 , 2018 , 18:49 IST

Despite incorporating the suggested changes by Central Board of Film Certification, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmaavat', originally titled Padmavati, was unable to receive a nod from BJP-ruled states Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. However, the makers can now sigh a bit in relief as Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has given a green signal to the film's release.

While Rajasthan's Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has already refused to let the magnum opus release in the state due to mass protests against the historical drama by Rajput outfits, UP government is satisfied with the modifications ordered and cleared by the Censor Board. The government officials have confirmed that Padmaavat won't be banned in the state.

"Now that the filmmaker has incorporated the changes suggested by the Censor Board, I see no reason why the release of the film should be stopped," a top government official told Times of India on Friday. However, Gujarat's Chief Minister Vijay Rupani refuses to lift the ban imposed on the film before the assembly elections citing law and order concerns.

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"We had banned the film's release before polls, and that order still stays. We have not revoked it, hence there is no question of the film being released in the state," he said. Madhya Pradesh CM also hinted that the prior ban on the film will continue despite it being cleared by CBFC. In a cryptic reply, he implied, "Jo kaha tha, woh hoga (What I said, will happen)."

An official of the CM secretariat confirmed the news of ban stating, "The CM had assured the Rajput Samaj that he would ban the movie if sentiments were hurt. Now, his statement that he will abide by his commitment clearly indicates that ban on the movie will continue until there is a specific decision taken by the Centre or judiciary."

Padmaavat has faced a major backlash from fringe groups in the recent time as the independent organisation claims that the film showcases untruthful facts and distorted historical events. Fighting all the odds, the Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor starrer was granted a clearance certificate and the film's release date was confirmed to be January 25.