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.