Indian Supreme Court overturns ban on Bollywood movie Padmaavat

Indian Supreme Court overturns ban on Bollywood movie Padmaavat

Carla Harmon
January 19, 2018

On Thursday, the Supreme Court stayed the ban of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat in six states. The group even offered a bounty on director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and lead actress Deepika Padukone for speaking up against them.

The Supreme Court today cleared the decks for the all-India release of controversial movie "Padmaavat" on January 25 and stayed notifications and orders issued by Rajasthan and Gujarat prohibiting exhibition of the film in their states.

The producers of Padmaavat, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, had challenged the ban imposed on the film in the four states yesterday in the SC.

While Deepika Padukone essays the role of Rani Padmani, Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor plays the role of Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh plays the role of Khilji.

Meanwhile, the Shri Rajput Karni Sena is continuing its protests against Padmaavat and is determined to not let the film see the light of day in the country.

"If you go by the arguments against films, I have no hesitation in saying 60 per cent of the classical literature can not be read", said Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

Film maker Madhur Bhandarkar also tweeted: "I Welcome The Honorable Supreme Court's decision of withdrawing the ban on #Padmavat.Congrats to the Entire team!"

Censoring and release of "Padmavati" took a gradual beating and the film has to postpone from December 1st, 2017 to January 25th, 2018 owing to the death threats and warnings. Reportedly, none of the leading film distributors of Rajasthan are keen to get the cinema rights of screening the film in the state.

The group's leader, Sukhdev Singh, told reporters it would not allow the film to be released, while other groups have threatened to burn down theaters that show the film.

Decision on banning the movie by Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana governments has failed to pacify the anger of certain communities, including the Rajputs.

The film was originally titled Padmavati but the makers were forced to change the title owing to the pressure from several right-wing outfits.

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