In a massive development in the Padmavati controversy, the release date of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus has been postponed. The latest move comes amid increasing protests by volunteers of the Karni Sena across the nation. Viacom18, makers of Padmavati, on Sunday, confirmed that they have voluntarily deferred film's release date. The film was scheduled to hit the screens on December 1.
Following the newsbreak veteran actor Raza Murad, who plays the role of Jalaluddin Khilji in the film told Republic TV,
“whatever the reason is, it is very unfortunate because almost 4000 theatres were booked for the release and everyone is going to face huge financial loses.”
He added, “the film is not only made with money, but with sweat and blood also.”
In an official statement, VIACOM 18 wrote, "The film is an eloquent portrayal of a tale that will fill every Indian with pride and showcase our country's story-telling prowess across the globe. We are a responsible, law-abiding corporate citizen and have the highest respect and regard for the law of the land and all our institutions and statutory bodies including the Central Board of Film Certification."
The statement adds,
"We have faith that we will soon obtain the requisite clearances to release the film. We will announce the revised release date of the film in due course. We stand firm in our commitment to tell endearing tales that resonate with our audiences the world"
Earlier on Saturday, the Karni Sena called for a Bharat Bandh on December 1, the date when Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum-opus was slated to release.
Lokendra Singh Kalvi, Rajput Karni Sena President was quoted as saying:
"We won't let Padmavati release. We have given a call for Bharat Bandh on December 1"
The film starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, and Shahid Kapoor has been in the centre of controversy for a while now with various fringe groups claiming that it distorts facts. From Bengaluru to Rajasthan to various parts of the nation, fringe groups had taken to streets protesting against the release and had also demanded an apology from the crew.