Padmavati has been renamed Padmavat, and will be released on January 25, confirmed a source from producer and distributor Viacom18 Motion Pictures.
On Friday, the Central Bureau of Film Certification (CBFC) granted Padmavat a U/A certification. The certified runtime of the Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor starrer is 2 hours and 43 minutes (163 minutes, as reported by Mumbai Mirror.
Padmavat, which stars Deepika Padukone (as Rani Padmini), Ranveer Singh (as Sultan Allauddin Khilji) and Shahid Kapoor (as Maharawal Ratan Singh), will go head-to-head with Akshay Kumar's Padman releasing on the same weekend.
Padman, which also stars Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor, has been directed by R Balki and is a story about Tamil Nadu based activist Arunachalam Muruganantham; the man who revolutionized the manufacture of the low cost sanitary napkin in India. This is another one of Akshay Kumar's socially-relevant films after Jolly LLB 2 and Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. Meanwhile, the release of Neeraj Pandey's action-thriller Aiyaary, starring Manoj Bajpayee and Sidharth Malhotra, has been postponed from January 26 to February 9, as the producers wanted to avoid a box-office clash.
Padmavat has been surrounded by controversies right from the very beginning as right-wing Hindu and Rajput groups objected to the release of the movie. They called Padmavat a distortion of historical facts and an insult to Rajput traditions and culture. After months of conflict, the movie was finally cleared by the Censor Board after dropping the 'i' from the title. The Shri Rajput Karni Sena is still releasing statements against the film, the latest being that if the film releases, they will set cinema halls ablaze.
But even after getting clearance from CBFC, movie won't be released in Rajasthan. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Monday said that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavat will not be allowed to release in the state.
"Padmavat will not be released in the state, keeping in view the sentiments of the people. Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria has been instructed for the same," she said.
Her statement comes even after the CBFC has given a go-ahead to the magnum opus Padmavati-turned-Padmavat.
The film, which was earlier scheduled to hit cinema houses on December 1, features Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in the lead.
Recently, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) decided to give the film a U/A certification along with some modifications and suggested change of the film's title to 'Padmavat'.