Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat which has been released in cinemas of India after facing lots of protests has now gets banned in Malaysia due to “sensitivities of Islam”.
Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board (LPF) put the movie in its ‘not approved’ list and signed its age rating section as ‘not relevant’.
LPF chairman Mohd Zamberi Abdul Aziz said in a statement, “The storyline of the film touches on the sensitivities of Islam. That in itself is a matter of grave concern in Malaysia, a Muslim-majority country.”
Well, Malaysia has a history of banning movies that are widely distributed elsewhere in the world. Malaysia’s censor board has the ultimate power in terms of allowing or disallowing a film from screening.
The magnum opus, based on 16th century poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s Padmavat, stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh.
The film hit the theatres on January 25 amid various protests and has since crossed Rs. 100 crore mark at the box office.