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Padmavat will be released in Goa if it has CBFC certificate: CM Manohar Parrikar

Speaking about the the state police's request to not release the film, Parrikar said since the peak tourist season is over, there should be no problem in dealing with any law and order situation. 


If Padmavat has been given a censor certificate by the CBFC, the Goa government does not have a problem in screening it in cinema halls, chief minister Manohar Parrikar said on Wednesday, 10 January.

"If they have a censor certificate we do not have objection. If there is a law and order issue, we will look at it then. As of now, we have not got any intimation about the film being released. If they (makers of Padmavat) come with a censor certificate with some modification, I do not see big reason why we should interfere into it," Parrikar told reporters.

The chief minister also said the state police had expressed apprehensions about the film being screened in Goa during the peak tourism season in December, when a significant number of the uniformed personnel are busy discharging law and order duties.

He added that since the peak season was over, the apprehension was irrelevant.

"Police report was for peak season. Peak season is over, so there is no problem," Parrikar said.

The women's wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party had objected to the screening of the film in Goa citing law and order problems and wrong portrayal of queen Padmavati in the film, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

After much controversy and delay, the Central Board of Film Certification finally certified Padmavat, clearing the path for its release in cinema halls scheduled for 25 January, however, an official confirmation by the makers is awaited.

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