After facing hurdles, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor released at the Box Office on January 25 in India. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) cleared the film with a ‘U/A’ certificate with five modifications, including the title. The title of the film has been changed from ‘Padmavati’ to ‘Padmaavat’. The movie is doing excellent at the box office with more than 100 crore collection in just 4 days.
Well, the release of the film is going smoothly in India despite being banned in some states of the country. However, now with the latest reports, Padmaavat has been banned in Malaysia by the country’s censor board. The film has been banned there, reasoning the film touches on the “sensitivities of Islam”.
The chairman of National Film Censorship Board (LPF) Mohd Zamberi Abdul Aziz said the 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 on Monday.
Reportedly, Aziz said the distributors of the film had filed an appeal against the ban and this 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.
Interestingly, in Pakistan, the censor board had cleared film without any cuts along with a ‘U’ certification.