According to a PTI report, Shahid Kapoor-Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh starrer Padmaavat has been banned in Malaysia. Back home, the Sanjay Leela Bhansali magnum opus has been doing phenomenal business.
The chairman of National Film Censorship Board (LPF) Mohd Zamberi Abdul Aziz has said the lavishly-mounted film was not cleared as it might offend the Muslims in the country.
“The storyline of the film touches on the sensitivities of Islam. That in itself is a matter of grave concern in Malaysia, a Muslim-majority country,” Aziz was quoted as saying by Free Malaysia Today.
The film is based on the 16th century poem, Padmaavat penned by poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi.
The film faced controversy at home after various Rajput groups accused Bhansali of “distorting historical facts.”
According to the report, Aziz said the distributors of the film had filed an appeal against the ban which would be taken up by the Film Appeals Committee on January 30. “Currently, LPF is unable to provide further comments as the film distributor has submitted an appeal to the Appeals Committee.
“Therefore, further comments will only be issued after the Appeals Committee has made its decision,” Aziz said.
The film released on January 25 after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) cleared it with a ‘U/A’ certificate and five modifications, including title change from Padmavati to Padmaavat.
Ironically in Pakistan, the censor board cleared film without any cuts for screening with a ‘U’ certification.
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