The board asked that the name of the film be changed to "Padmavat", to reflect that the source material was an epic poem of the same name and not from actual historical events, Joshi said. "Members of the committee formed to review the film have opposed it but censor board is taking this decision due to underworld pressure", Gogamedi said.
In what could be a major respite to filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the central board of film certification has agreed to give the film U/A certification only if the makers are ready to do few modification.
Other major modifications would include changes in the Ghoomar song, to befit the character of Rani Padmini.
Later on, Bhansali appeared before a Parliamentary committee and maintained that the row over the yet-to-be released movie was just based on rumours, strongly rejecting charges that he had distorted "historical" facts about the possibly mythological Rajput queen, played by Deepika Padukone in the film.
The special panel consisted of Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr Chandramani Singh and Prof KK Singh of the Jaipur University. "Padmavati" has been produced by Viacom-18; the studio has suggested it will delay the film's release, originally planned for December 1, to next year.
President of Rajput Sabha Giriraj Singh Lotwara said that it was unfortunate that the board wants to favour the film producers instead of considering recommendations of the panel that reviewed the film.
From warnings to director Bhansali and also lead actress Deepika Padmavathi, to offering bounty for axing their head, organisations like Karni Sena stoked the Hindutva agenda in the name of this film.
CBFC had also approached three erstwhile rulers, Raghuveer Singh of Sirohi, Maharawal Jagmal Singh of Banswara and Vishwaraj Singh Mewar, for their expert views on the film.
Asrani said: "If "Pad Man" picks up the "I" that "Padmavat" drops, they'll have to call it 'Padmani.' From the frying pan into the pyre".