Padmaavat: SLB to cover up Deepika's tummy with CGI after CBFC terms it unbecoming

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SUBHASH K JHA
Published Jan 13, 2018, 12:19 am IST
Updated Jan 13, 2018, 1:18 pm IST
Deepika Padukone being asked to cover up in the Ghoomarsong in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati now entitled Padmavaat.
The CBFC's  Examining Committee asked the film's producers - the director  was  not present during the censor screening - to  remove the shots  where her stomach was  visible.  (Photo: DC)
 The CBFC's  Examining Committee asked the film's producers - the director  was  not present during the censor screening - to  remove the shots  where her stomach was  visible.  (Photo: DC)

Puritanism in the arts just acquired a new definition with Deepika Padukone being asked to cover up in the Ghoomar song in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati now entitled Padmavaat.

Apparently the shots of Deepika's tummy peeping out of her elaborate ghagra-choli during the Ghoomar dance number were found to be "unbecoming"  for  the character the queen that the actress plays in  Padmavaat(i).

 

“The CBFC's  Examining Committee asked the film's producers - the director  was  not present during the censor screening - to  remove the shots  where her stomach was  visible.  However such editing would have disturbed the smooth choreographic flow of  the elegant dance number. The director preferred to conceal Deepika's belly through computer graphics,” a source who was present at the screening discloses. The film has been re-submitted  to the  CBFC with the  modifications asked for. But it is yet to get its censor certificate.

Giving details on the CBFC's viewing of  Padmavati a source says, "The screening and  the discussion post the screening went on from 5 pm till almost 2 am. CBFC chairperson Prasoon Joshi was present. The historians and representatives of ex-royals raised many objections. But the board members of CBFC found nothing objectionable in the content. They recommended a 'UA' with minor modifications." Given the volatile political scenario  around the film, it is unlikely the film will actually release  on January 25.

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