Malaysia bans controversial Bollywood film 'Padmaavat'

Kuala Lumpur
 The Malaysian government banned the controversial Bollywood film 'Padmaavat' in his country. The film, starring the famous actress Bollywood, Deepika Padukone, is considered to give a negative picture of a Muslim sultan.

As reported by Reuters Friday (2/2/2018), the Malaysian government rejected the depiction of the character of Sultan Alauddin Khilji in the film. The film itself tells the figure of Padmavati who is the figure of Hindu Queen of the 14th century and the Muslim Sultan who invaded Hindustan.

"He (Sultan Alauddin Khilji-red) is described as an arrogant, cruel, inhuman, sly Sultan with many trickery, unreliable, and non-practicing Islam, "the Malaysian Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs asserts, the Film Censorship Board has decided the film is 'not approved for airing' in all cinemas in Malaysia. An appeal from the film's distributor has been rejected by the Malaysian Film Censorship Board on Tuesday (30/1) this week.

Bollywood films are very popular in Malaysia, which is about 7 percent of India's 32 million people.

The film 'Padmaavat' itself has long reaped controversy and protests in his native India. Controversy even emerged since the film was still in the shooting stage. Radical groups in India who protested the film called the film 'Padmaavat' has mistakenly described intimate scenes between Padmavati and Khilji, the two main characters. Producers have asserted that the film portrays Padmavati's honorable figure.

Despite the controversy, the film 'Padmaavat' is still allowed to air in India. This is because on January 23 last, the Indian Supreme Court rejected the lawsuit of the Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh government that requested the film was banned. The Supreme Court emphasized the action of banning films clearly violating the freedom of creativity.

Later in early January, the Indian Film Certification Center Board (CBFC), which regulates censorship and film certification, allowed 'Padmaavat' to air in cinemas beginning January 25. CBFC allows the controversial film to air with a number of cuts in scenes. Not only that, CBFC also requested that the title of the film be changed from 'Padmavati' to 'Padmavat' and 'Padmaavat'.

To protest the decision, hundreds of people staged a massive rally in India, malls and vehicle burning. Despite the protests, India's 'Padmaavat' movie show has reportedly gained a profit of 1.43 billion or equivalent to Rp 299 billion within seven days.

(nvc / ita)

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Riots Rampage in India ahead of Controversial Film Show

Riots erupted in various cities of India, a day before the premiere of a controversial film that tells the legend of a Hindu queen. Angry protestors set fire to cars and destroy cinemas.

Massa burns buses in a suburb of Delhi and in Uttar Pradesh, protesters are walking on railroad tracks, blocking train travel, to protest the filming of " Padmaavat. "In other cities, cinemas and shopping centers were damaged, including in Jammu, where a ticket booth was burned. The film "Padmavaat" tells the story of a Hindu queen from the 14th century.

Hindu extremists have been protesting against the film for months. They accuse director Sanjay Leela Bhansali of distorting history for portraying Muslim leaders as Hindu Queen Padmavati's lover. Bhansali dismissed the allegations, which many historians say is unfounded, due to little evidence and the fact that Padmavati ever existed. Earlier this year, the group damaged the location of the filming and attacked the director.

The title of the film was changed earlier from Padmavati to Padmaavat, to accommodate criticism that the film would damage the image of Rajputs, a warrior caste in northern India. In the region, Padmavati is a symbol of pride and honor. [ps/jm]