As the controversy over Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati rages, a Time of India report stated that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has returned filmmaker application citing ‘technical deficiencies’, which is likely delaying its release. However, COO of Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Ajit Andhare, took to Twitter to deny any ‘rumours’ of a delay.
The report by TOI states that the application was sent back to the filmmakers through an online process on November 16. Therefore, the report further claims that the release date of the movie might be delayed. According to the report, the CBFC is yet to review the film. A source talking to TOI said, "It will be incorrect to say that the film has been rejected. The CBFC has only sent Padmavati's application back to the filmmakers because of certain technical deficiencies in the form. Once the filmmaker returns the completed application, the film will be reviewed as per the rules."
Rumours of postponement of Padmavati are baseless @FilmPadmavati— Ajit Andhare (@AndhareAjit) November 17, 2017
From the date of receiving an application to grant a certificate, the board is allowed 68 days. The application is first reviewed, then the board allots a date for the review of the film's content and subsequently, suggests changes, or grants a certificate in one of the four categories. The CBFC can also refuse certification to a film.
The TOI report states official sources saying, 'Padmavati' will not be allowed to "jump the queue" to seek the board's approval and the grant of a certificate.
Talking to the Free Press Journal, Andhare has denied rumours of delay in the release of the movie calling them baseless. The magnum opus is slated to release on December 1, 2017.