SC to hear Rajasthan, MP govts' pleas on Tuesday against Padmaavat release

Clyde Nash
January 23, 2018

The court also suppressed other states from issuing any such notification or order of banning the screening of the Deepika Padukone-starrer film.

Rajasthan, in its application, has referred to several recent incidents of violence that has taken place in there and sought modification of the order to the extent that the movie is not allowed to be released in the state.

Protests and acts of vandalism were reported from various parts of MP, including in Indore, Ujjain and Jhabua on Monday. A bench headed by Chief justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud approved to hear the plea on Tuesday.

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Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat had said they will not screen Padmaavat in the states, before the Supreme Court set aside their orders on January 18.

Earlier, the apex court refused to entertain a plea filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma who claimed that the certificate issued by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to "Padmaavat" was illegal.

Last Thursday, the apex court lifted a ban on the film by Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

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Till now, only four single-screen theatres have chose to go ahead with the movie. On Sunday, thousands of women brandishing swords took out a "Chetavani Rally" (warning march) in Rajasthan's Chittorgarh town, demanding a ban on the film and threatening to do self-immolation (jauhar) if the authorities fail to stop its release.

"On Sunday, we contacted around 100 cinema halls in the National Capital Region and they have given in writing that they will not screen the film".

Protesters claim the film falsely depicts a romance between 14th-century Hindu queen Padmavati and Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji.

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Padmaavat's release and its certification were delayed and stalled due to repeated protests and threats of violence by Rajput groups led by the Rajput Karni Sena.

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