Padmaavat Banned In Malaysia Due To Concerns On 'Sensitivities Of Islam'

| January 30 , 2018 , 13:25 IST

Malaysia's National Film Censorship Board (LPF) has barred the screening of Padmaavat in the country. The film is banned in Malaysia due to the concerns regarding "Sensitivities of Islam".

The chairman of LPF Mohd Zamberi Abdul Aziz indicated that "The storyline of the film touches on the sensitivities of Islam. That in itself is a matter of grave concern in Malaysia, a Muslim-majority country."

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The film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali portrays a Muslim sultan waging war in order to 'win' a beautiful Rajput queen. 

The film has also faced many protests earlier in India itself from Rajput community and Karani Sena. Padmaavat was finally released on January 25th nationwide amid violence by protesters.

The film distributors in Malaysia are expected to appeal the decision of LPF to a Film Appeals Committee on January 30th.

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A film producer familiar with the matter said, "The not relevant remark is usually given to banned movies deemed to likely incite hatred and uneasiness among the community."

This is not the first time that Malaysia has banned a movie, Last year it banned  Hollywood movie "Beauty And The Beast".

Rights groups said, "Malaysia’s censorship laws are used in arbitrary fashion and that they are stunting Malaysian filmmaking, which is losing market share and is increasingly focused on genre titles."