Padmaavat banned in Malaysia for touching on the 'sensitivities of Islam'
Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed 'Padmaavat' has been banned in Malaysia by the country's censor board as the film touches on the "sensitivities of Islam".
The chairman of the 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 subject of serious concern in Malaysia, a Muslim-majority nation," Aziz was quoted as saying by Free Malaysia Today.
The movie, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, is grounded on the 16th century epic 'Padmaavat' by poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi.
The film faced controversy at home equally well after various Rajput groups accused Bhansali of "distorting historical facts" with the portrayal of queen Padmavati, a claim repeatedly denied by him.
Granting to the report, Aziz said the distributors of the film had filed an appeal against the ban which would be brought up by the Film Appeals Committee on January 30. "Presently, the LPF is unable to offer further comments as the film distributor has taken an appeal to the appeals committee.
"Consequently, further comments will only be put out after the appeals committee has reached its determination," Aziz said.
The movie was released on January 25 in India after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) cleared it last month with a 'U/A' certificate and five adjustments, including a title change from 'Padmavati' to 'Padmaavat'. In Pakistan, the censor board had made the film without any cuts for screening with a 'U' certification.