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Amid growing uproar, makers ‘voluntarily defer’ Padmavati’s release date

NEW DELHI: Viacom18, producers of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama Padmavati, say they have voluntarily deferred the film’s release date. The film was set to hit the screens on December 1.

“Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind ‘ Padmavati ‘, has voluntarily deferred the release date of the film from December 1st 2017,” it said in a statement on Sunday.

A new release date will be announced once the “requisite clearances” are in place, the production house added.

The period drama, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, has been facing massive agitation from various groups, including Shri Rajput Karni Sena, which alleged that the film distorts history and falsely portrays a relationship between Rajput queen Padmini and Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji.

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali had sought to clear the air about the alleged romance between queen Padmini and Khilji, saying he was careful in depicting the “Rajput honour and dignity” in the film. The producers had also arranged a private screening of the movie and invited those concerned regarding the film’s content, but the agitating Rajput outfits remained unappeased.

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