Nitish Kumar to Take Final Call on Allowing Release of ‘Padmaavat’ in Bihar

The shooting of the scene went on for a week, and the junior artistes got restless. They would meander off in groups in between shoots and doze off due to exhaustion. Then when the shot was ready, there would be a head count.

Patna: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat will be releasing on Januray 25 across the country. The Bihar government has not removed the ban on the film and a decision regarding this will be taken in a high-level meeting to be chaired by the chief minister Nitish Kumar.

State’s culture minister Krishna Kumar Rishi on Monday told News18 that he was aware of the cuts and change in the title of the film “Padmavati” by censor board but the state government would take a final call after reviewing it afresh.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had announced to ban ‘Padmavati’ in Bihar in December last year amid controversy over portraying Rani Padmini in a bad light. He personally objected the scene in which Padmavati was shown dancing with her associates in the promo of the film.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) cleared the film after changing the title and editing few scenes as demanded by the protestors.

Some states like Uttar Pradesh have removed the ban on the film but the Bihar government will examine the changes made by the CBFC.

Culture minister Rishi said, “We have come to know about changes in the film. But we will take a call after reviewing it. A high-level team will review it afresh and a decision whether to remove the ban will be taken in three-four days.”

Starting from Rajasthan, the opposition of Deepika Padukone starer Padmavati gained momentum in other states also when a fringe right-wing group Karni Sena raised objections on the portrayal of Rani Padmini of Chittorgarh by the film producers.

Karni Sena president Lokendra Kalwi made frequent visits to Patna as well and threatened to disrupt the screening of the film if released on December 1 as previously planned.