It's official! Padmaavat is ready to relase on January 25th

A still from 'Padmaavat'

The fringe right wing group Rajput Karni Sena continues to oppose the film, threatening to go to any extent to stop the film from being released. It was on Sunday evening that the film's team officially announced the release date of the much-awaited period piece to be January 25 - the film was previously postponed following vehement protests from several Rajput outfits.

"Padmaavat" will be releasing the same day as Akshay Kumar's "PadMan".

The film stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, and Ranveer Singh in the lead roles.

The makers, Bhansali Productions and Viacom18 Motion Pictures, have said the film is based on 16th century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi's epic poem "Padmavat".

The film's screenings have already been banned in the neighbouring states like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. We firmly deny all speculation on extensive cuts to the film and want to reiterate that only the above changes and disclaimers (as) per guidance of the CBFC have been made. Shree Rajput Karni Sena, at the forefront of the protests, demanded a ban. We hope that we will surpass the expectations of our fans from across the world.

In a new twist to the ongoing controversy over the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's movie Padmaavat, female members of Kshatriya community in Chittorgarh on Saturday threatened to perform "jauhar" (self-immolation) if the screening of the film is not stopped by the government. Padmaavat is a story that's inherently Indian in its context, ethos and values. "Padmaavat will create its own benchmark as an immortal classic when it releases across the world on the 25th of January", added Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures.

The film, which was earlier titled Padmavati will be released with its new title Padmaavat as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) recommended while giving a clearance to the release of the movie with a U/A release certificate post the incorporation of "five modifications".

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