Padmavati: Release date of Deepika Padukone's film pushed, confirm makers
The makers have not yet announced the new release date of the Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh-starrer.
Ever since the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) delayed the certification of Padmavati due to incomplete documents, there has been a lot of conjecture about whether the release date of the film will be pushed.
Now, the makers have confirmed that they have voluntarily postponed the release date of the film. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Padmavati was slated to hit the theatres on December 1. The new release date has not been announced yet.
Padmavati has been facing the ire of right-wing groups for allegedly distorting history and demeaning the honour of the Rajput queen Rani Padmini. Even though Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been vocal in his denial of these charges, the protests against the film spread across the country.
Responding to the controversy, leading lady Deepika Padukone said, "As a woman, as an artiste, as someone who has worked and given two years of my life to this movie, I feel hurt, I feel angry, but I also think it is extremely funny that people are reacting like this to a film. I am feeling so many emotions at this point."
Meanwhile, Deepika's co-star Ranveer Singh, who plays the antagonist Alauddin Khilji, also stood by the film . "I am 200 per cent with the film and I stand by it as well as Sanjay Leela Bhansali. I also stand by his vision for the film... Vis-a-vis the film, I can just request the audience and everybody else who have concerns about it to wait and watch the film. One shouldn't doubt Sanjay sir; he is a magnificent film-maker and has tremendous respect for Indian culture and an enormous respect for Indian heritage and he will never intentionally hurt sentiments or do anything wrong," he said.