Padmaavat has been a topic of discussion ever since the film’s shoot started. Now, it has been banned in Malaysia by the Malaysian censor board as the film touches the sensitivities of Islam which might offend Muslims. 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.
Sensitivities of Islam is a matter of concern in Malaysia as it is a Muslim majority country. Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed Padmaavat is based on the 16th-century poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s poem Padmavat. The film was caught in a row in India after protests from Shri Rajput Karni Sena over allegations that the movie distorts historical facts and dents the pride of the Rajput community. Released on 25 January, the movie has mixed reviews.
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.
The censor board of Pakistan had cleared the film without any cuts for screening with a ‘U’ certification.