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Padmaavat live-streamed on Facebook on the first day of its release

Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in a still from Padmaavat. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 25, 2018, 01.08 PM (IST)

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial Padmaavat released in theatres today amid tight security. While four states- Goa, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh - have decided not to release the film in their states, heavy security could be seen in almost every cinema hall in cities where the film released. 

Most morning shows saw 40-60% occupancy and trade analysts have predicted that the long weekend ahead will see more footfall. 

Incidentally, the first day also saw the film being live streamed on Facebook. A page on Facebook called the 'Jaaton Ka Adda' streamed the entire movie on their Facebook, reported India Today. 

The live video was shared by nearly 1500 people and got 3.5 lakh views. The page, though, later deleted the video. " Uploading again soon," said one post on the page. 

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Bhansali's Padmaavat has been mired in controversy since the time the film began shooting in January 2017. The film was earlier scheduled to release on December 1 but owing to protests and opposition from state governments and fringe groups, the film was cleared by CBFC for a January release.