Padmaavat: SC removes BAN from all four states

Ebony Scott
January 22, 2018

"Once the parliamentary legislation confers the responsibility and power on a statutory board and the board grants certificate, non-exhibition of it by states will be contrary to statutory provisions", the court said.

While the BJP-ruled states have been vocal in their opposition to the film's release, the members of the Congress party have been silent ever since the Supreme Court order.

Indian films that touch upon the historical relationships of Hindus, India's majority religion, and Muslim leaders are often controversial.

Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat had banned the release of the film, before the Supreme Court set aside the order on Thursday.

The movie is now set for an all India release on January 25.

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A few days back, some Rajput women claimed that they will commit suicide if "Padmaavat" releases.

According to reports, they have threatened to go on a bandh on January 25 and have warned the CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi from entering Jaipur for the literary fest.

Earlier Karni Sena Chief, Lokendra Singh Kalvi, urged the people to impose a curfew in cinema halls to stop the screening of the film on Tuesday, i.e. January 16. The movie was finally cleared with a few changes on the condition that Bhansali and Viacom18 Motion Pictures change the title from Padmavati to Padmaavat to align it closer to its source material. He also appealed to all the social organisations to come together and protest against its release. It also said that it is the responsibility of the state government to maintain law and order and the state government can not abdicate that responsibility.

"Artistic freedom has been commented upon by the Hon'ble Supreme Court". On Sunday, some groups held a protest in Dehradun against the release of Padmaavat in the state.

Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor starrer Padmaavat revolve around the queen Padmini of Chittore, her husband Rawal Ratan Singh and the adversities they face while fighting the tyrant ruler Alauddin Khilji.

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