Ghoomar before and after: Look how they secretly covered up Deepika Padukone midriff in Padmaavat song.

The makers of Padmaavat have made significant cosmetic changes to the song Ghoomar from director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial film to meet the guidelines advised by the Central Board of Film Certification.

The new version of the song, uploaded without any announcement or acknowledgement, replaces star Deepika Padukone’s bare midriff with computer-generated cloth. The move comes after months-long protests by fringe groups such as Karni Sena, and based on the advise of a panel of historians set up by the CBFC. The changes were made to ensure a U/A certificate for the film, which will release on January 25.

However, even with the changes, the Karni Sena hasn’t accepted the film. A member of the group told News18 that their problem was with the entire film and not just one song. The group has threatened violence against the director and star, even physically assaulting Bhansali on one occasion and committing arson on the film’s sets. They claim the film is a distortion of historical fact – which has been debated by actual historians.

The protest caused the filmmakers to change the title from Padmavati to Padmaavat to emphasise its fictional nature.

The original version of the song is still available on YouTube.

Padmaavat also stars Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in supporting roles. The film, produced at a reported budget of Rs 180 crore, was recently given a clean run at the box office after actor Akshay Kumar postponed the release of his social drama, PadMan, by two weeks.

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