Shahid Kapoor on Padmavati: Will know about release date by year end

Deepika and Shahid in a still from the film. Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Dec 20, 2017, 06.25 AM (IST)

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavati" can easily be crowned India's most controversy-ridden film of 2017 with its release being stalled ever since the trailer was launched.

Talking about the current status of the film, Shahid Kapoor at Zee Cine Awards on Tuesday night said that he is hopeful of a clarity on the release of his film "Padmavati" by the end of this month. 

He said, "I am sure we will have clarity by the end of this year about when the film is releasing. But we want it to release as soon as possible" before adding that he is excited to be a part of such a "memorable" film like "Padmavati". 

The epic period drama is yet to receive a certificate from the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) after several Rajput outfits and political leaders of different parties have accused Sanjay Leela Bhansali of "distorting historical facts" in the movie. A complaint was also filed against the director for screening the film for three journalists -- Rajat Sharma, Arnab Goswami, and Ved Pratap Vaidik -- before showing the film to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), a violation of section 7 (1) of the cinematography act.

The movie stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini or Padmavati, Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilj and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh (Rani Padmavati's husband and King) and was up for release on December 1.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Kapoor also negated any remarks that the film could act as a dampener on his career as he said, "Of course, there has been the whole controversy around 'Padmavati' but it is such a special film. When I look back at this year, it has been one of the most exciting years in my career - to be doing 'Padmavati', to be a part of a film which I really believe is going to be historic and remembered, if I may say so,"

He added, "That's how I feel about it. So, I am very happy with this year. The wait is killing me. I am dying for the film to come out,"

Both Bhansali and Padukone have continually received death threats for being a part of the film. The film industry has stood by the director and actress but the film has already been banned in several states of the country. 

It has been co-produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions.