The Central Board of Film Certification will be appointing a special panel of historians for observations of "Padmavati". The scenario seems to take place after the makers of the movie agreeing upon that the film is partially based on historical facts, according to sources. The makers of the movie were expecting a quick censor clearance right after the end of Gujarat elections but to their dismay, they have to bear with the disappointing news. A source at the censor board stated that the makers of the periodic historical drama have "unnecessarily complicated its case". The makers had attached an ambiguous disclaimer to their application for certification which stated that the film was partially based on historical facts. The film had already been sent back to the producers after it was found that the column for stating whether it was a work of fiction or was based on historical facts was left blank. "The content will now have to be scrutinised for authenticity," the source said declining to be named. There were nationwide protests against 'Padmavati' by a few hardcore Hindutva groups which said it was "insulting to Rajput pride." After such incidents, many states in the nation had already put a ban on the film. The source from the CBFC revealed that "Padmavati" will now be certified in January since December was almost over. "We have not scheduled the film. There are at least 40 feature films in different languages waiting in the queue before "Padmavati"," the source said. Due to years end, few of the board members were already on vacations and a few others had called in sick. "Forget about appointing a panel of historians, we don't even have a normal Examining Committee to view all the films," the source stated. "Even by conservative estimates, the film won't be certified before the second week of January. I don't think they can release the film before March or April. That is, provided the CBFC clears the film without any objection," the source said.
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