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Padmavati release postponed amid controversy and protests

The producers of Bollywood film Padmavati on Sunday announced it had “voluntarily deferred the release date of the film” from December 1, 2017. The decision comes as protests against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed film intensified over the alleged “distortion of history.” The producer, Viacom 18, did not say when the historical drama will be released. The film also stars actors Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. Many extremist groups have offered rewards for killing Bhansali and Padukone, while the…