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The Supreme Court of India on Thursday gave the makers of the film 'Padmaavat' a much needed sigh of relief when it stayed a ban on the film in four Indian states. The film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukon and Shahid Kapoor has been a subject of controversies right from the start. It will be finally released all over India on January 25, 2018. In case, you have been living under a rock and have no idea what the film has gone through, here's a chronological list of the controversies surrounding the film.
- December 2016: The shooting of Padmavaat was stopped when a worker on the sets died as fell from a stand during the shooting.
- January 2017: Members of Karni Sena assaulted Bhansali and thereafter staged a protest at Jaipur's Jaigarh fort, the place were shooting of Padmaavat was going on. They also destroyed the cameras and the set. The violence was captured on camera and the video went viral on the internet.
- March 2017: After the incident in January, Bhansali left Rajasthan and commenced the shooting the film in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Rajpur fringe groups allegedly attacked the film set with petrol bombs and swords protesting over a dream sequence between Rani Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji in the film. Bhansali later clarified that there is no such sequence in the film.
- April 2017 - August 2017: Standing tall with Bhansali, many celebrities came out in support of the director. This led to a huge debate social media.
- September 2017: The makers of the released the first look of film, which showed Deepika Padukone in a royal avatar sporting a red outfit and Rajasthani jewellery.The poster again led to protests from fringe groups.
- October 2017: A common man and an artist from Surat was caught in the crossfire. Karan made a beautiful Rangoli featuring Deepika Padukone from the film. Some angry outlaws as a mark of protest destroyed the rangoli, which was made by Karan in 48 hours.
- November 2017: November was a really difficult month for the makers of Padmaavat.
Here's what transpired in the month:
- The makers of film were accused by Rajput Karni Sena of distorting historical facts and intense protests took place in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan. The situation got so bad that schools and colleges were shut down. The group demanded a complete ban on the film stating that it portrays the Rani Padmini and Rajputs in bad light.
- The Supreme Court of India rejected a plea to ban the movie's release and entrusted the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) with the responsibility to go through every aspect in the film and then certify it.
- Gulab Chand Kataria, Home Minister, Rajasthan, Constituted a special panel to watch the film before its release in the state.
- Anil Vij, Health Minister, Haryana announced that the state government is planning to have a dialogue with CBFC to ban the film and also added the movie will not a allowed a release in Haryana.
- Days before the movie was to be released on December 1, 2017, Rajput Karni Sena called for a 'bandh' on the date of the release.
- Issuing a direct threat, Karni Sena member Mahipal Singh Makrana said that the the organization never raised a hand on a woman but they will do it to Deepika Padukone. He cited an example wherein Lakshman did the same to Surpanakha for violating the culture and rules of India.
- From Rajasthan and Haryana, the protests against the movie reached other states like Gujarat, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.
- The release of the film was delayed by the makers as the CBFC returned the application for certification for Padmaavat. The makers did not announce any date for the release.
- December 2017: CBFC asked the royal Mewar family to join a panel formed to help certify the film. Two historians - BL Gupta and RS Khangarot - were also brought on the panel. The panel suggested a title change and five modifications in the film.
- January 2018: The makers of Padmaavat announce that the film will be finally released on January 25 alongside Akshay Kumar's film Padman. The name of the film is changed from 'Padmavati' to 'Padmaavat.' Full page advertisements make it to newspapers with clarification from the makers that Padmavaat doesn’t have any objectionable content. The film however, remains banned in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Haryana too joins the band wagon and banned the film.
The makers of Padmaavat on January 16, approached the SC against the ban on the film in the four states despite being certified by CBFC. The SC stayed the ban and warned other states not to do the same.