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From Padmavati to Padmaavat: The troubles Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film went through

In case, you have been living under a rock and have no idea what Padmaavat has gone through, here's a complete list of controversies surrounding the film.
Deepika Padukone in a still from ‘Padmaavat’

The Supreme Court of India on Thursday gave the makers of the film ‘Padmaavat’ a much needed sigh of relief when it stayed a ban on the film in four Indian states. The film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukon and Shahid Kapoor has been a subject of controversies right from the start. It will be finally released all over India on January 25, 2018. In case, you have been living under a rock and have no idea what the film has gone through, here’s a chronological list of the controversies surrounding the film.

– December 2016: The shooting of Padmavaat was stopped when a worker on the sets died as fell from a stand during the shooting.

– January 2017: Members of Karni Sena assaulted Bhansali and thereafter staged a protest at Jaipur’s Jaigarh fort, the place were shooting of Padmaavat was going on. They also destroyed the cameras and the set. The violence was captured on camera and the video went viral on the internet.

– March 2017: After the incident in January, Bhansali left Rajasthan and commenced the shooting the film in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Rajpur fringe groups allegedly attacked the film set with petrol bombs and swords protesting over a dream sequence between Rani Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji in the film. Bhansali later clarified that there is no such sequence in the film.

– April 2017 – August 2017: Standing tall with Bhansali, many celebrities came out in support of the director. This led to a huge debate social media.

– September 2017: The makers of the released the first look of film, which showed Deepika Padukone in a royal avatar sporting a red outfit and Rajasthani jewellery.The poster again led to protests from fringe groups.

– October 2017: A common man and an artist from Surat was caught in the crossfire. Karan made a beautiful Rangoli featuring Deepika Padukone from the film. Some angry outlaws as a mark of protest destroyed the rangoli, which was made by Karan in 48 hours.

– November 2017: November was a really difficult month for the makers of Padmaavat.

Here’s what transpired in the month:

– The makers of film were accused by Rajput Karni Sena of distorting historical facts and intense protests took place in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan. The situation got so bad that schools and colleges were shut down. The group demanded a complete ban on the film stating that it portrays the Rani Padmini and Rajputs in bad light.

– The Supreme Court of India rejected a plea to ban the movie’s release and entrusted the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) with the responsibility to go through every aspect in the film and then certify it.

– Gulab Chand Kataria, Home Minister, Rajasthan, Constituted a special panel to watch the film before its release in the state.

– Anil Vij, Health Minister, Haryana announced that the state government is planning to have a dialogue with  CBFC to ban the film and also added the movie will not a allowed a release in Haryana.

– Days before the movie was to be released on December 1, 2017, Rajput Karni Sena called for a ‘bandh’ on the date of the release.

– Issuing a direct threat, Karni Sena member Mahipal Singh Makrana said that the the organization never raised a hand on a woman but they will do it to Deepika Padukone. He cited an example wherein Lakshman did the same to Surpanakha for violating the culture and rules of India.

– From Rajasthan and Haryana, the protests against the movie reached other states like Gujarat, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.

– The release of the film was delayed by the makers as the CBFC returned the application for certification for Padmaavat. The makers did not announce any date for the release.

– December 2017: CBFC asked the royal Mewar family to join a panel formed to help certify the film. Two historians – BL Gupta and RS Khangarot  – were also brought on the panel. The panel suggested a title change and five modifications in the film.

– January 2018: The makers of Padmaavat announce that the film will be finally released on January 25 alongside Akshay Kumar’s film Padman. The name of the film is changed from ‘Padmavati’ to ‘Padmaavat.’ Full page advertisements make it to newspapers with clarification from the makers that Padmavaat doesn’t have any objectionable content. The film however, remains banned in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Haryana too joins the band wagon and banned the film.

The makers of Padmaavat on January 16, approached the SC against the ban on the film in the four states despite being certified by CBFC. The SC stayed the ban and warned other states not to do the same.

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Virat Kohli complains of losing his unboxed phone in Nagpur

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Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli took to twitter to inform netizens that he had lost his brand new unboxed phone in Nagpur on Tuesday.

Kohli, who is in the city for first test match against Australia on Thursday,  said, “Nothing beats the sad feeling of losing your new phone without even unboxing it  Has anyone seen it?”

Food delivery app Zomato was quick to respond by asking the ace cricketer to ‘feel free to order an ice cream from his wife and actor Anushka Sharma’s phone.’ 

The tweet read, “feel free to order ice cream from bhabhi’s phone if that will help.” However, many users anticipated Kohli’s tweet to be an advertisement for a brand.

Also read: Anil Deshmukh granted permission to travel outside Mumbai

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Anil Deshmukh granted permission to travel outside Mumbai

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Bombay High Court rejected stay plea filed by CBI paving way for the release of ex-Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

Ex-Home Ministe Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday. Deshmukh had sought permission to visit his constituency, which is also his hometown, Nagpur. 

The application was filed by Deshmukh through his lawyer, Inderpal Singh, stating that he is a native of Nagpur with deep family roots in the city apart from being an elected representative of his constituency. 

“The applicant craves a benevolent indulgence of this court to permit him to travel outside Greater Mumbai, including District Nagpur, for a limited duration of about four weeks so as to maintain continuity in his social and family ties and also visit his original and permanent home/constituency,” the plea stated.



The plea further added that “the applicant needs to have due legal consultation with his lawyers in New Delhi for further course of strategy in the present and connected cases.”

Also read: All 31 days in January 2023 in Nagpur observed to be polluted, reveals study

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Interesting facts you didn’t know about Union Budget | Must Read

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her fifth straight Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Here are some lesser known facts about Union Budget…

The British government presented India’s first ever Union Budget on April 7, 1860.

The first budget of independent India was presented by country’s first Finance Minister RK Shanmukham Chetty on November 26, 1947.

Even though traditionally, the finance ministers present the budget, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi are the only Prime Ministers to have presented the Union Budget instead of Finance Ministers.

Until 1955, the Union Budget was presented in English. However, the Congress government then decided to print the Budget papers in both Hindi and English.

In 2019, Sitharaman became the second woman to table the budget after Indira Gandhi who presented the budget for the year 1970-71.

Earlier, the government tabled the rail budget separately for 92 years but since 2017, the rail budget was merged with the Union Budget.

Until 1999, the government tabled the Union Budget at 5 pm on the last working day of February as per British era practice but 

former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha changed the timing to 11 am. Years after, late Finance Minister Arun Jaitely changed the budget presentation to February 1. 

There’s a customary event called the ‘halwa ceremony’ that is held every year ahead of the Union Budget. It is considered as a gesture of appreciation for all people who have worked on the Union Budget. 

To ensure the secrecy of the budget document, a lock-in process is followed – in which all the officials involved 

in preparing the Budget come out of Parliament’s North Block only after the Finance Minister has presented the budget.

In 2021, Sitharaman became the first to table paperless Union Budget.

Former Prime Minister Moraraji Desai holds the record of presenting 10 budgets as finance minister, which is the maximum so far.

Also read: Not a populist but a fiscal consolidation budget: CAMIT Chief Dr Dipen Agrawal

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