The favorite child of controversy, Padmavati, seems to be on hold for long now. The Central Board of Film Certification is likely to appoint a panel of historians to watch Padmavati, after the makers of the movie stated that it was partially based on historical facts, according to sources. The Padmavati team, which was hoping to get a quick censor clearance after the Gujarat elections may be in for disappointing news.
The film was initially scheduled to release on December 1, 2017
Source at the censor board said that the makers of Padmavati had "unnecessarily complicated its case" with an ambiguous disclaimer in its application for certification which stated that the film was partially based on historical facts.
"The content will now have to be scrutinized for authenticity," the source said declining to be named. The film had earlier been sent back to the producers after it was found that the column for stating whether it was a work of fiction or was based on historical facts was left blank.
The source in the CBFC said that Padmavati could only be certified in January, since December was almost over. "We have not scheduled the film. There are at least 40 feature films in different languages waiting in the queue before "Padmavati"," the source said.
Because of the year-end, some board members were on holiday and a few others had called in sick. "Forget about appointing a panel of historians, we don't even have a normal Examining Committee to view all the films," the source said.
The much awaited film of 2017, has been into trouble for quite sometime now. Bollywood actor and actresses have come forward in the support. We shall see what's next now!