Second, if the producers decide to release the movie in the United Kingdom market, the decision would open up possibilities of the film getting pirated and leaked in the Indian market before Padmavati gets a chance to hit screens back home. Parallely, the Supreme Court announced it would hear a plea asking that the release of Padmavati overseas be stopped - the statement from Padmavati producers Viacom18 saying they would wait cancels the need for this.
It had ruled that the petition was devoid of merit. But we are waiting for censor clearance in India. It was requested that Hindu sentiments should not be offended by playing "Ghoomar" song in the cultural programmes being organised in schools.
However, even if the producers of Padmavati got a favourable order from the apex court against Sharma's new plea and also received a nod from the Indian censor board for the movie's release, they may still not be out of the woods.
The film has been riddled by controversy for a long time and the makers have pushed the release of the film to next year.
Although the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is yet to review the film, the two BJP-ruled states unilaterally made a decision to ban the film.
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"I came to know about the circular this morning". The British Board of Film Classification or BBFC announced on Wednesday the embattled Padmavati had been certified "12A" (equivalent to "U/A" in India). The DEO is not entitled to pass such an order. A select group of journalists who watched the film have said the film doesn't distort history in any way and celebrates Rajput pride.
Most of the anger appears to stem from allegations that Bhansali filmed a romantic dream sequence between the protagonists, which Bhansali has denied.
After a string of threats over her portrayal of the 13th century queen Padmavati in Bhansali's magnum opus, the Karnataka government has stepped up security cover to her as well as her family in Bengaluru.