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Viacom18 defers release of ‘Padmavati’ amid protests - nairrk - 11-20-2017

[Image: Padmavati.jpg]MUMBAI: Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the movie production arm of Viacom18, has ‘voluntarily’ dferred the release of its movie Padmavati, which was slated to release on 1 December.

The film starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh has run into controversy with groups linked to the Rajput community threatening to stall its release for allegedly painting Rajput queen Padmavat in bad light.

The delay in releasing the film was imminent as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had sent it back due to incomplete application by the producers.

“Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind ‘Padmavati’ has voluntarily deferred the release date of the film from December 1st 2017. Along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, amongst the most gifted film makers of his generation, Viacom18 Motion Pictures has created a beautiful cinematic masterpiece in ‘Padmavati’ that captures Rajput valor, dignity and tradition in all its glory,” a Viacom18 spokesperson said in a statement.

“The film is an eloquent portrayal of a tale that will fill every Indian with pride and showcase our country’s story-telling prowess across the globe. We are a responsible, law-abiding corporate citizen and have the highest respect and regard for the law of the land and all our institutions and statutory bodies including the Central Board of Film Certification. We always have and are committed to continue following the established procedure and convention,” the statement added further.

The company said it will announce the new release date after receving the necessary clearances.

“We have faith that we will soon obtain the requisite clearances to release the film. We will announce the revised release date of the film in due course. We stand firm in our commitment to tell endearing tales that resonate with our audiences the world over as we have in the past with our other projects such as ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, ‘Queen’, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ and many more,” the statement read.