Malayasia bans Padmaavat

Garima Bora

KUALA LAMPUR: Controversial Bollywood movie Padmaavat, earlier titled ‘Padmavati’, directed by Sanjay Leela Bansali, which has released in India after a struggle, is now barred from opening in cinemas in Malaysia over concerns regarding “sensitivities of Islam”.

The chairman of National Film Censorship Board (LPF) Mohd Zamberi Abdul Aziz has said the lavishly-mounted film was not cleared as it might offend the Muslims in the country.

“The storyline of the film touches on the sensitivities of Islam. That in itself is a matter of grave concern in Malaysia, a Muslim-majority country,” Aziz was quoted as saying by Free Malaysia Today.

According to the report, Aziz said the distributors of the film had filed an appeal against the ban which would be taken up by the Film Appeals Committee on January 30. “Currently, LPF is unable to provide further comments as the film distributor has submitted an appeal to the appeals committee.

“Therefore, further comments will only be issued after the appeals committee has made its decision,” Aziz said.

The film, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, is based on the 16th century epic, Padmaavat by poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi.

The film was caught in a row in India after protests from a Rajput outfit Shri Rajput Karni Sena over allegations that the movie distorts historical facts and dents the pride of the Rajput community. The film was eventually released in India on January 25 with a ‘U/A’ certificate and five modifications, including title change from Padmavati to Padmaavat..