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Malaysian Censor Board Bans Release of Padmaavat

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Melinda Barton | 30 January, 2018, 20:06

Following months of protests and severe censorship, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat was finally released in India last week.

The film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali portrays a Muslim sultan waging war in order to "win" a attractive Rajput queen.

The film, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, is based on the 16th century epic, "Padmaavat" by poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi. Actually, the film has Allauddin Khilji as the villain, a Muslim ruler who conquered Delhi throne in 1296 AD and that has now hurt Malaysian Censor authorities. The film is banned in Malaysia due to the concerns regarding "Sensitivities of Islam".

LPF chairperson Chairperson Mohammed Zamberi Abdul Aziz said: "The storyline of the film touches on the sensitivities of Islam".

After getting mired in several controversies, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Padmaavat was released on January 25 amidst violence by the Shri Rajput Karni Sena and other fringe groups. Following its release, people have given it mixed reviews, with many highlighting the stunning cinematography, wide-angle shots in the battlefield, larger-than-life sets and costumes that look quite authentic and realistic, and strong performances. Past year it had banned the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast due to references to same-sex relationships in the movie.

Rights advocacy groups say that Malaysia's censorship laws are used in an arbitrary fashion, and that they are stunting Malaysian filmmaking, which is losing market share and is increasingly focused on genre titles, variety.com pointed out.

Meanwhile, Padmaavat has been cleared by Pakistan's Central Board of Film Censors and was given a "U" certification.