In one of their conditions, the Central Board of Film Certification on Saturday asked the filmmakers to remove ‘I’ from the title Padmavati in order to get clearance.
This decision might come as a surprise but it definitely holds some significance.
Padmavat is an epic poem written in 1540 by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi. It chronicles a fictional story about the Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khalji’s desire for the titular Padmavati, the Queen of Chittor.
And well, removing an ‘I’ from Padmavati now makes it a fictional film.
Prasoon Joshi, as many expected, turns out to be just an upmarket Pahlaj Nihalani.— Abhishek Baxi (@baxiabhishek) December 30, 2017
And obviously, Twitter played ‘i’ to ‘i’.
#Padmavati already got released.They changed the character name, the plot and history.They called it, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” but, Indians know…— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) December 30, 2017
“Pakistani conspiracy” – @Swamy39“Insult to Rajputs” – Karni Sena”Insult to Hindus” – Hindus”Distortion of history” – Rajput Historians”Needs to be banned” – Many state CMs”Just drop an i from the title and all is cool” – CBFC#TheJokeThatIsIndia #Padmavati— Aisi Taisi Democracy (@AisiTaisiDemo) December 30, 2017
Why don’t they just rename it“EH?” https://t.co/pVyVPZ7vbE— Ashwin Mushran (@ashwinmushran) December 30, 2017
Creatvty— Atul Mohan (@atulmohanhere) December 30, 2017
Sanjay Leela Bhansali: Khoon paseena baha k movie banai hai plz pass karwa dena sir naak mat kat dena!Prasoon Joshi: Chal thik hai “i” hi kaat de! #Padmavati— Rum Rum Rum Rum Rum Ohh Whisky (@rumrumohhwhisky) December 30, 2017
So much drama for “i”While booking: 2 tickets of Padmavati! #Padmavati— Hitesh Prasad (@Hitz_1507) December 30, 2017
New Name of the Movie Padmavati should be “NAGMAVATI”#Padmavati— Rehan Khan (@rehangkhan) December 30, 2017
When I go to watch the movie, I will ask for a ticket for #Padmavati with an iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii— Jayshree Dips (@jayshlutch) December 30, 2017
#Padmavati. Whats in the name anyways ? Ek ” I ” ko nikal dene s sara bawal khatm. Jai Ho.— Saurabh Pandey (@Ssrbhh) December 30, 2017
What’s in a name, you ask?