The Central Board of Film Certification finally made a decision to clear Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavati" for release, but not before suggesting modifications which also included changing the name of the film title to "Padmavat".
The board chief said the suggested changes had been shared with producers Viacom and Bhansali, who attended the feedback session post the screening and the latter are in agreement with the changes.
The censor board had said that it wanted the disclaimer to clearly state that this film does not claim historical accuracy, modify misleading references to historical places and also incorporate a second disclaimer which clearly makes the strong point that the film does not promote the practice of Sati or even seek to glorify it.
The song "Ghoomar" was also asked to be modified so as to make the depiction befitting the character being portrayed. Uncertainty has been looming large over the movie's release since a few months, but on Saturday, CBFC - following a examining committee meeting - said it has chose to give a U/A certificate to the movie subject to modifications.
The film got stuck in a controversy after various Rajput groups alleged that it distorts history, a claim repeatedly denied by the director.
The meeting held had regular examining committee members, CBFC officials and a special advisory panel in the presence of board's chairman, Prasoon Joshi. "Having a specialist panel at the CBFC has been done before, in the case of Aarakshan, where an eminent panel representing a concerned group was created, and Jodhaa Akbar, where historical experts were called in".
Padmavat is an epic poem written in 1540 by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi and it is based on a historical account - the veracity of which is not confirmed - about how Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji saw the magnificently attractive Rani Padmini, Queen of Chittor, in a mirror, and immediately fell for her.
Joshi said the film was viewed along with a special panel of historians that gave its "perspective" on the matter.
Revealing what was discussed in the meeting, Joshi said, "The members of the panel had insights and also some reservations regarding the claimed historical events and socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length after viewing the film on the evening of December 28". He also defended setting up a "special panel" to see the film and suggest changes, saying, "It is very important that creativity with responsibility should stay paramount".
The censor board said on Saturday it has begun the process for granting a U/A certificate to the film.
"I am glad that following a balanced approach, we resolved the task at hand in a pragmatic and positive manner".