Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnificent opus" Padmaavat" has run into trouble from day one. Initially, the Rajput groups in North India had approached the Supreme Court to ban the film and fringe elements of the Karni Sena (a Rajput group) had indulged in sporadic attacks as well. The decks for the release were cleared after the Supreme Court rejected all arguments to ban the film. Now Global Village space has reported that the Malaysian Censor board has banned the film. An appeal by the distributors to rescind the ban was rejected.

Film a hit in Muslim countries

The film has been released in many Muslim nations in the Middle East as well as Pakistan. There is no problem about the film at these places, but the Malaysian censor board has come up with a weird justification. It says the portrayal of the Sultan Allauddin by Ranvir Singh, casts a poor light on Islamic values.

Malaysia has thus become the first country in the world to ban the film. The country has a history of banning popular films and Disneys" Beauty and the beast" was also initially banned.


Bhansali is a respected filmmaker from Bollywood, and he has brought to the screen excellent historical movies. His last film concerning the love affair of the Hindu warrior Peshwa Baji Rao, with a Muslim girl titled "Mastani" was a stupendous hit.

The film "Padmaavat" has also done tremendous business, and it is inching toward the Rs 250 crore mark. It has already recovered the cost of production. Muslim audiences in Pakistan and the UAE have liked the film and contributed to its success.

Malaysian ban

Malaysia is a Mulsim majority nation but has significant numbers of Hindus and Christians.

It is generally considered a more open country, but this ban looks unjustified. The Censor Board has not approved the scenes of Allauddin consuming food and also the hint that he was gay. This is a historical fact as Allauddin was in a relationship with a slave Malik Kufar, who ultimately killed him. Allauddin had come to power by killing his uncle, Jalalludin Khilji.

The tale of the queen padmavati was related in verse form by a Muslim Sufi poet Malik Mohammed Jayasi. Most of it is not verified, but the tale has a semblance of truth as Allauddin did attack Chittor in 1303 AD. Despite the bans, the film is doing brisk business, and generally, the public has liked the film.

Sanjay Bhansali must be a much-relieved man after the success of the film. It's a pity the Malaysian people will miss watching a great historical drama.