Supreme Court to hear Rajasthan, MP govts' appeals against Padmaavat release

Bessie Dean
January 22, 2018

The States of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan today moved the Supreme Court (SC) seeking it modify its earlier order lifting the ban on the screening of controversial film "Padmaavat"+". He said: "If someone decides not to screen the film, it will be good but if someone screens the film, they will be provided security".

The historic film had faced opposition from various quarters, including the Rajput community, who allege that the filmmaker Bhansali has distorted history and tarnished the image of the legendary Queen Padmini. On January 25, the top court had made the road clear for the nationwide release of "Padmaavat" by settling the ban on its showing in Rajasthan and Gujarat.

It's not just in Rajasthan that the protests have intensified.

This has not stopped the continuing protests of the Rajput Karni Sena against Bhansali's film, claiming Padmaavat "distorts" Rani Padmavati's legend.

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Lokendra Singh Kalvi, the head of Rajput Karni Sena who was in Indore on Thursday, had said that the organisation won't let theatres screen the movie.

Speaking to reporters after a programme here, Chouhan said: "We would once again knock on the apex court's doors".

Interestingly, despite all the talk against the movie, the MP government never issued a formal order banning its release. Meanwhile, thousands of women brandishing swords on Sunday took out a "Chetavani Rally" or a warning march in Rajasthan's Chittorgarh town to warn the authorities to stop the release of "Padmaavat" movie or else be prepared for "jauhar" by them. Preventing the release to maintain law and order is part of the same duty the states also contended.

The apex court also restrained other states from issuing any such notification or order banning the screening of the movie.

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