KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian censor board has banned the release of controversial Indian movie Padmavat in the country.
Country’s National Film Censorship Board (LPF) said the film was not cleared as it is feared to offend the Muslims in the country.
Mohammad Zamberi Abdul Aziz, head of the LPF has told a Malaysian newspaper, Free Malaysia Today that the film touches the ‘sensitivities of the Muslims.’
“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.”
The distributors of the film have filed an appeal against the ban. The Film Appeals Committee will take up the appeal on January 30, said Aziz.
“Currently, LPF is unable to provide further comments as the film distributor has submitted an appeal to the appeals committee.
“Therefore, further comments will only be issued after the appeals committee has made its decision,” Aziz said.
Padmavat was released on January 25 in India. The movie faced strong reaction from the Hindu extremist groups at home.
Various Rajput groups accused Bhansali of “distorting historical facts” with the portrayal of queen Padmavati, a claim repeatedly denied by him.