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When Sanjay Leela Bhansali had staged Padmavati

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Padmaavat MovieWith Haryana becoming the fourth Indian state to ban Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat, there is no respite for the filmmaker despite the Censor Board clearance. Making the film has been a tough call, unlike his earlier attempt with the same subject.
Sanjay Leela BhansaliBhansali had staged Padmavati at the opera house, Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, in 2008. The stage version was based on the opera ballet composed by French sailor-turned-musician Albert Roussel (1869-1923). Padmavati is considered one of Roussel's most important works and was influenced by his visits to India. The cast consisted of mainly French actors and it had fetched rave reviews. Now, that was back in the day.Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here.Download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get updates on all the latest and trending stories on the go

Nakuul Mehta is upset that the makers of Padmaavat had to print disclaimers

via bollywood http://ift.tt/2Djf0Wh TV actor Nakuul Mehta is upset that the makers of Padmaavat had to print advertisements in newspapers with disclaimers. Sharing a photo of a full-page ad, which enlists disclaimers busting misconceptions surrounding with the film, Mehta tweeted, "Statutory warning on a cigarette pack, I understand. This, I don't. No place for art in my country (sic)."After watching Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat in a pre-release screening. mythological fiction writer Amish Tripathi vouched for the film. "It celebrates Rajput bravery, honours Rani Padmavati and says positive things about our culture. It's one of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's finest films," he tweeted.Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here.Download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get updates on all the latest and trending stories on the go

Amish Tripathi vouches for Padmaavat

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Amish TripathiAmish Tripathi, a master of mythological fiction titles, has vouched for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's forthcoming controversial movie Padmaavat, saying it celebrates Rajput bravery and projects India's culture in a positive way. Tripathi watched the movie in a pre-release screening here on Monday."It is a film which celebrates Rajput bravery. It honours Rani Padmavati. And it says positive things about our culture. I think it is one of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's finest films," he tweeted.The Bhansali Productions and Viacom18 Motion Pictures movie is slated to release on January 25. It features Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in a story based on "Padmavat", an epic "revered work of fiction" by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi. Shobha Sant, CEO, Bhansali Productions, thanked Tripathi for his "honest opinion".Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here.Download…

Padmaavat's brand new posters released by its makers

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Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor in 'Padmaavat'After months of facing resistance, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat - earlier titled Padmavati - will hit the screens worldwide on January 25, the makers formally announced on Sunday. The filmmaker hopes the audience likes the movie, which he says is his homage to the valour of the Rajputs. The period drama, which will release in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, will release with a U/A certificate after incorporating five modifications - including title change -- suggested by the censor board.Bhansali said in a statement, "Padmaavat is a dream come true for me. I have always been fascinated by the stories of honour, valour and vigour of our great Rajput warriors that have been captured so beautifully in our literature and this movie is my homage to those glorious stories. I would also like to thank the entire film fraternity for supporting Viacom18 and Bhansali Productions through the entire…

Padmaavat makers state disclaimers loud and clear via ad

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PadmaavatThe makers of Padmaavat, through front-page advertisements in newspapers on Monday, listed disclaimers clarifying that it never had dream sequence featuring Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmavati, and that it is a movie every Indian will be proud of. The ad comes a day after the controversial movie's producers -- Bhansali Productions and Viacom18 Motion Pictures -- officially announced that the film will hit the screens on January 25 with due modifications suggested by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC)."'Padmaavat' is a film that every India will be proud of. Please visit your nearest theatre on January 25 to experience it yourself," the makers have stated at the end of the ad, which has the movie's poster, featuring lead actress Deepika Padukone, on the flipside. The following are the points clarified by the makers of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial, which also features Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Sin…

Ranveer Singh kicks off his next with Alia Bhatt Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy and here’s the proof

via Bollywood Hungama http://ift.tt/2D5z4aj Ranveer Singh is definitely elated currently, with his film Padmavati aka Padmaavat gearing up to hit theatres. The Gen Y star, however, now seems to have moved on to his next project Gully Boy which has been in the pipeline for quite some time now. On the other hand, Alia Bhatt too is said to have joined the rest of the team for the film. The film went on floor on January 14 and Ranveer posted about the same on social media.Earlier we had reported that Gully Boy is a musical that revolves around the lives of Mumbai street rappers. On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, it seems that the entire team of the film came together for the mahurat shot and posting a picture of the same on Instagram was none other than the film’s director Zoya Akhtar. She shared this picture of a clapperboard of the first take of the film on her Instagram page saying, “#herewego #gullyboy #slateit #makingmovies #anotherdayinparadise”. Ranveer Singh too reposted the pic…

Its official Padmaavat is ready to relase on January 25th

via filmfares http://ift.tt/2DyVSAF Beating all odds and an elaborate row that clouded the release of one of the most-awaited films of 2017, Padmaavat, initially titled Padmavati is ready to take the theatres by a storm over the Republic Day weekend. 


After getting a clearance from the CBFC, Padmaavat has undergone only 5 modifications and will be released in Tamil and Telagu in addition to Hindi. It's the first film to get an IMAX 3D release. 

The film is based on the epic poem from the 16th century and is about Rani Padmini played by Deepika Padukone who sacrifices her life in a holy ritual to avoid being captured by Shahid Kapoor's character Maharan Rawal Ratan Singh's rival Alauddin Khilji played by Ranveer Singh. 


Sanjay Leela Bhasali thinks of Padmaavat as a dream project and eagerly waits for its release. "Padmaavat is a dream come true for me. I have always been fascinated by the stories of honor, valor and vigor of our great Rajput warriors that have been ca…

Twitter users troll makers of Padmaavat post 300 cuts news

via Bollywood Hungama http://ift.tt/2ARBgk8 Just a couple of days back we had reported that the much talked about, keenly anticipated and highly delayed film Padmaavat would finally release on January 25. Following this news, it was also reported that the film had suffered a staggering 300 cuts for it to be able to hit screens. No sooner had news of these many cuts hit the web, when Twitter citizens took to the micro blogging site trolling the film and the number of cuts. Here is a compilation of a few that we thought we just had to share:After 300 cuts #Padmavati will be releasing as GIF. ????#Padmavati— Khushboo khan (@Khushbookhan_) January 11, 2018#Padmavati before & #Padmavat after 300 cuts.
???????? http://pic.twitter.com/0rFcLZHYIb— Anil Kumar (@Anil_kumar9) January 11, 2018After 300 cuts to Padmavat #SanjayLeelaBhansali should send movie on whatsapp. And payment should be done through paytm #Padmavat#Padmavati— illu_me_naughty (@sarcastic_akhi) January 11, 2018*Padmavati r…

Goa police recommends government to avoid Padmavat’s release during peak tourist season

via Bollywood Hungama http://ift.tt/2qN4j8J The period action drama Padmavati, now rechristened as Padmavat, has been the most controversial film of recent times. It has been facing trouble since a year ever since Sri Rajput Karni Sena took offence alleging that the film distorts history. It was initially to release on December 1 but faced major hurdles as the protests grew louder at that point. The Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC), on the other hand, sent the film back, citing incomplete application. Fearing law and order problems, the film was banned in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab.But the year ended on a good note as CBFC passed the film, after changing its name from Padmavati to Padmavat, along with many such modifications in the film. On Monday, the new release date was also announced – January 25. But the troubles seem to be far from over. The states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab haven’t re…

Padmavat won't release in Rajasthan, declares state's Home Minister

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Ranveer Singh in PadmavatiRecent reports stating that Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavat (earlier titled Padmavati) will hit theatres on January 25 have led to renewed agitation around the movie. Despite the Censor Board clearing the Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor starrer for release with some modifications - including the title change - Rajasthan home minister Gulab Chand Kataria declared last evening that the state won't lift its ban on the period drama."Queen Padmini's sacrifice is deeply linked to the state's glory and honour, she is not just a figure in history for us but a symbol of our pride. We will not let her dignity be tarnished at any cost," read a statement issued by Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje's office. Rajasthan was one of the many states, including Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, that had banned the drama in November last year. Rajput Karni Sena, which has …

SHOCKING: Padmavat to have as many as 300 cuts

via Bollywood Hungama http://ift.tt/2CIl8TE In mid-2016, Udta Punjab got into a major controversy after the Censor Board suggested around 89 cuts. The film talked about the drug menace that has reached epic proportions. With the election just 7-8 months away in the state, the film was seen as a threat to the ruling government in the state. As a result, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) under the chairmanship of Pahlaj Nihalani suggested insane amount of cuts. They asked for all references to Punjab, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Jashanpura, Ambesar, Ludhiana and Moga to be deleted. The makers however didn’t agree to these unjust cuts. They moved the Bombay High Court that gave a decision in favour of the makers.Now, another film, the controversial and much-in-the-news period action film Padmavat, has faced a similar treatment from the CBFC, now under Prasoon Joshi. The film, earlier titled Padmavati, was to release on December 1, 2017 initially. But the fil…

Ranveer Singh raps the title track of Gully Boy and it's bang on!

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Ranveer Singh rapping the song. Picture Courtesy: Instagram/ranveersingh.Ranveer Singh, who returned back to the bay recently after a dreamy nuptial with rumoured beau Deepika Padukone and their respective parents, is back to work! The actor posted a glimpse of his rapping skills on his Instagram story and that will get everyone swooning over this talented boy! He is currently prepping up for Zoya Akhtar's 'Gully Boy', which is inspired by Mumbai rappers Naezy and Divine, who belonged to a Kurla slum before they shot to fame.There is also a video uploaded by Ranveer's fans of the always high-on-energy lad rapping a song, preferably the title track of ‘Gully Boy'. The ‘Befikre' actor deserves accolades for such a high-spirit song.Watch the video here: @ranveersingh 's recent insta story #gullyboyA post shared by king of hearts❤ï¸ÂðŸ˜˜ (@ranveer_singh_fc__) onJan 8, 2018 at 12:21am PST Ranveer has been prepping with Di…

Rajasthan Government refuses to release Padmavat in their state

via Bollywood Hungama http://ift.tt/2CTrzqs After a major outbreak over the film Padmavati and its battle with censors, now the film with a renewed title Padmavat is all set for a release this month. After a two month postponement, while the film has finally received a green signal from the CBFC, it is yet to receive permission from the Rajasthan government who continue to object the release of the film.Padmavat has been facing issues with the Rajasthan Government and especially the Rajput Karni Sena after the latter accused the makers of the film of distorting history. From vandalizing the sets to planning out protests to receiving threats, the release of Padmavat has been facing several hurdles since its inception. Continuing the same, the Rajput activists have once again denied permission to release the film in their state.Showcasing support from the Rajasthan Government was Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria who has asserted that the film will not release in their state. On the oth…

INSIDE SCOOP: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavat to release on January 25

via Bollywood Hungama http://ift.tt/2CQzqpd It’s all systems go for the beleaguered epic Padmavati now titled Padmavat. Yes, a release date has finally been locked in, and it’s January 25th the coveted Republic Day weekend when Akshay Kumar’s R Balki starrer Pad Man, not to mention Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary were already scheduled.In fact when rumours of a January 25 release began doing the rounds for Padmavat, Akshay Kumar swiftly rescheduled Pad Man from January 26 to January 25. Many in the film trade dismissed the January 25 release date for Padmavat as purely conjectural.In fact a source very closely connected with Pad Man still can’t believe Padmavat is jumping the queue to make it for Republic Day. “It’s insanity. We announced the release date for Pad Man six month ago. Now for them to jump in with Padmavat at this late hour is absurd. I am still hoping they will change their mind and release later.”However, Padmavat is now confirmed for January 25. A source very close to the film…

Here's what trade experts have to say about Padmavati releasing on Republic Day

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Deepika Padukone in 'Padmavati'With the Censor Board paving the way for the release of Padmavati, albeit with a few restrictions that filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has yet to give his nod to, it appears that the historical drama may hit screens later this month. While an official announcement is awaited, buzz in trade circles suggest Padmavati - recommended to be renamed Padmavat by the CBFC - might enter theatres on the Republic Day weekend.While Akshay Kumar has already announced that his social hygiene biographical film PadMan will hit the marquee on January 25, trade analysts are celebrating the speculated release of Bhansali's magnum opus on the holiday weekend. Trade analyst Komal Nahta says, "Padmavati will enjoy a historic start even if it releases on a Monday instead of a Friday since there is immense curiosity about the film anyway."The release of the Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor starrer, says t…

‘Padmavat’ to release on January 25?

via Latest Entertainment News, Movies News, Celebrity News, Breaking News | Entertainment - Times of India http://ift.tt/2m8tpKh The fate of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavat’ (originally titled as ‘Padmavati’), has now been sealed. Bringing a final close to the unending wait for its release, the film has now been reportedly scheduled to release on January 25, 2018.

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are back from their vacay

via filmfares http://ift.tt/2Cyykud Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are back to the city from their vacation in Maldives. The two went to the island to celebrate Deepika’s 32nd birthday. While we still await pictures of the couple’s get away, sources close to them said that the two spent some quality time together while also following an itinerary of adventure sports. 

We are sure the two needed this time off after the dragged Padmavati row and New Years and Deepika’s birthday was the right time to celebrate. And now that Padmavati has got a green signal from CBFC, the couple can further relax and wait for the release of the film. 

The happy couple was spotted at the airport in their signature airport styles. While Ranveer sported a hat and his quirky shades on casuals, Deepika kept it pastel with a jumpsuit. Both topped their looks with a denim layer.

Check out the pictures of the stunning couple below.

Alia Bhatt snapped outside director Zoya Akhtarâs house

via filmfares http://ift.tt/2m5KeWi Alia Bhatt is definitely one of the most loved and talented actresses in Bollywood and we all have waited to see her paired with some of our favourite actors. Making the wish come true, she got paired opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Ayan Mukerji’s next Brahmastra and Ranveer Singh in Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy. 

Gully Boy will be the first time Ranveer and Alia come together on screen and is about the street rappers in the country. While Ranveer awaits the release of Padmavati, he was seen exercising his rapping skills on streets with some local rappers and boy, was he exceptional. We’re very excited to see the two share screen space.

Just after she returned from her all girls vacation to ring in New Years, she was back to work, prepping up for Brahmastra with the cast and crew in Israel. Pictures of the two leads practising stunts had been taking a few rounds on social media. She only just returned from Israel and without taking a break is ready to start p…

'Padman' to release as per schedule, say makers on likely clash with 'Padmavati'

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Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor in PadmavatiPutting all speculations to rest, the makers of Padman have said the film's January 25 release date will not change. Speculations were rife that Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed Padmavati may hit theatres the same day. B-town is abuzz that Padmavati, which has been making headlines due to its plot line, is set to release on January 25 - the same day as the Akshay Kumar-starrer Padman. The producers of the film, however, said they have no clue about Padmavati release or the possible box-office clash between the two films."I am clueless what is happening... with clash. I have no idea about it. Even we have heard about it. All we know is Padman is releasing on January 25. Akshay announced it officially. Padmavati is a very important film. It's a beautiful film and it should release soon. I am also looking forward to seeing it. It depends on Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Sanjay Leela Bhansali Pro…

7 highlights of Deepika Padukones super awesome career

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Here are the highlights of Deepika's colorful time in the industry...


Deepika landed in B-Town with a dream debut opposite superstar Shah Rukh Khan in Farah Khans Om Shanti Om in 2007. Can anyone have it better than that?


After three films that didn’t manage to make an impact between 2007-2009, Deepika strived to do better work and proved her mettle in Imtiaz Alis Love Aaj Kal. The film was highly appreciated and Deepika proved that she was not only in the game but also at the top of it!


Moving to what was a mega leap for the stunning star, 2012 saw Deepika in Homi Adajanias Cocktail. The film was a super duper hit and was a real game-changer for the beauty. Her role as the edgy, carefree Veronica broke stereotypes of what Indian women are perceived to be like and was received well by the youth. A smashing performance was highly acclaimed and Miss Padukone rose to become a rightful superstar with no turning back.


Following a super successful ye…