Several Twitter users including celebrities expressed their funny, sarcastic and angry take on the title change suggestion by censor board.
New Delhi: The censor board's suggestion to Sanjay Leela Bhansali to change the title of his film 'Padmavati' to 'Padmavat' has led to a flurry of reactions on Twitter with many users poking fun at the latest development.
Many social media users took to the micro-blogging site to express their views on the modifications suggested by the CBFC.
Director Anubhav Sinha said, "So Bhansali can now actually throw a party. Just that Whisky will be called 'Whiska' Vodka will be called 'Vodki' and so on."
So Bhansali can now actually throw a party. Just that Whisky will be called 'Whiska' Vodka will be called 'Vodki' and so on.— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) December 30, 2017
साला एक बड़ी 'ई' की मात्रा हटाने से सब ठीक हो जाता है तो 'जी-एस-टी' को भी— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) December 30, 2017
'जी-एस-ट' कर देना चाहिए।
पंडित जी 'पद्मावत' title तो available है ना association में? @ashokepandit— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) December 30, 2017
There are no cuts recommended just some 'Modi'fications. Okay?— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) December 30, 2017
Apurva Asrani tweeted, "If 'Padman' picks up the 'i' that 'Padmavat' drops, they'll have to call it 'Padmani'. From the frying pan into the pyre."
If Padman picks up the ‘i’ that Padmavat drops, they’ll have to call it ‘Padmani’.— Apurva Asrani (@Apurvasrani) December 30, 2017
From the frying pan into the pyre. #Padmavati
Comedian Sorabh Pant tweeted, "'Padmavati' already got released. They changed the character name, the plot and history. They called it, 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' but Indians know..."
#Padmavati already got released.— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) December 30, 2017
They changed the character name, the plot and history.
They called it, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" but, Indians know...
#Padmavati should take a cue from Bright.— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) December 30, 2017
Release on Netflix.
Bypass the idiots.
Actor Prakash Raj tweeted, "'Padmavati' to be 'Padmavat' plus 26 cuts.. says CBFC... Finally has someone achieved to chop something of 'Padmavati'. An 'I' from the title."
#padmavati to be PADMAVAT +26 cuts..saysCBFC....finally has some one achieved to chop something of padmavathi. an “I” from the title. 😂 LOL— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) December 30, 2017
There were reports doing the rounds that the board had suggested 26 cuts to the film, but in a statement, Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairman Prasoon Joshi clarified that they have only advised five modifications, including the title change, but "no cuts".
Board member Vani Tripathi Tikoo also tweeted about the same, saying, "Stop the Misinformation Campaign for God sake on 'Padmavati', CBFC has not asked for any cuts with the U/A certificate its only few modifications and a title change with the consent of the film maker. It's finally over so let the film release and judge it then!"
Actor Renuka Shahane and director Rahul Dholakia expressed their displeasure with the board's suggested changes. Dholakia also linked the board's decision with the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections.
"The 'I' of the storm has passed. CBFC changes the name of 'Padmavati' to 'Padmavat' and passes the film with a U/A certificate. Thereby nobody will have any issue and nobody's sentiments will be hurt. Name changing is game changing... I must say," Shahane tweeted.
The "I" of the storm has passed. CBFC changes the name of "Padmavati" to "Padmavat" and passes the film with a U/A certificate. Thereby nobody will have any issue and nobody's sentiments will be hurt. Name changing is game changing I must say!!!— Renuka Shahane (@renukash) December 30, 2017
"Disgusted by the open and blatant use of political muscle to screw filmmakers during elections. Now that Gujarat and Himachal are won, 'Padmavati' has got its U/A, it will be praised. Rajputs' heroism will be talked about by the same people who slammed it. Thank God we have not made a film called Gandhi! Can you imagine what title CBFC would suggest," Dholakia tweeted.
Disgusted by the open and blatant use of political muscle to screw film makers during elections. Now that Gujarat and Himachal are won, @FilmPadmavati has got its UA, it will be praised. rajputs heroism will be talked about by the same people who slammed it.— rahul dholakia (@rahuldholakia) December 30, 2017
Some of the other tweets following the censor board's decision were:
Both Sanjay Leela Bansal and Prasoon Josh are happy about Padmavat, and they hope this compromise is acceptable to Narendra Mod and Rahul Gandh.#Padmavati— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) December 30, 2017
Elections are over and #Padmavati is cleared for release!! Happy New Year guys!! Hope more people are able to see through the farce in the new year. Their greatest weapon is our ignorance!!— Prateek Kanwal (@prateekkanwal) December 30, 2017
Makers of #Padmavati - please appeal to Revising Committee, then to Tribunal if needed. Fight the fight. Don’t be bullied.— Rajeev Masand (@RajeevMasand) December 30, 2017
Members of some 'royal' families have been called in to review #Padmavati.— Utkarsh Patel (@utkarshmp) December 30, 2017
Apologies, Sardar Patel, we have undone your hard work!!
Now that #Padmavati has lost an i, can we call the aggressors Karn Sena? Coz, an i for an i.— Punster® (@Pun_Starr) December 30, 2017
According to the new regime it should be PadmaGST instead of PadmaVAT.— Kaju Katli (@MonkNxtDoor) December 30, 2017
Me : #Padmavati dekhne ja raha hu— Deputy (@JhoothaChal) December 30, 2017
Mom : mat ja wo log theatre tod denge
Me : once 'I' will go away, nobody will say anything
Padmavat name change seems sensible as it is based on the ballad & doesn't change anything. A smart solution from CBFC.— shilpi tewari (@shilpitewari) December 30, 2017
History refers to Rani Padmini & not Padmavati but public perception is different. So it works
Finally CBFC found out that all problems in release of movie #Padmavati is because of the last alphabet "i". So they changed title of #Padmavati to #Padmavat. If Sanjay Leela Bhansali would have taken the help of astrologer CBFC long back then he wouldn't have faced any problem.— Invincible (@i_me_my5elf) December 30, 2017
Padmavati becomes #Padmavat. What is this, gender reassignment surgery?— shunali khullar shroff (@shunalishroff) December 30, 2017
Still it's a wise decision to lose an I than losing eye to Karni sena after watching Padmavati.— EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) December 30, 2017
Why is PadmaVat trending ??— Sir Bumrah!!!! (@Ibleed_sarcasm) December 30, 2017
In the era of GST, Pad pe VAT kon laga raha hai#Padmavati
The board had a meeting of their examining committee on December 28, and decided to give the film a "UA certification along with some modifications and likely change of the film's title on the basis the attributed material/creative source".
The board also suggested modifications in disclaimers, pertinently adding one regarding not glorifying the practise of 'Sati' and also relevant changes in the song 'Ghoomar' to befit the character portrayed, said a CBFC release.
Joshi said the producers and the director of the film are "completely in agreement" with the proposed modifications.
Bhansali, who appeared before a parliamentary panel, had said his lavishly-mounted Rs 150-crore period drama, featuring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, is based on the 16th century epic poem 'Padmavat' by Malik Muhammad Jayasi.
The film got stuck in controversy after various Rajput groups alleged that it distorts history, a claim repeatedly denied by the director.
Historians are divided on whether Padmini actually existed.
As protests spread across various states, the film's December 1 release was deferred as it didn't have a censor clearance.