Padmaavat ban: After several states imposed a ban on release of the period drama helmed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the makers of Padmaavat have now decided to knock on the Supreme Court’s door. Also, the Supreme Court today agreed to hear the plea of the producers regarding the controversial Bollywood movie against the ban imposed on its release by various state governments. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud considered the submission of the counsel of the producer that the matter be heard urgently in view of the ban on its release by various state governments. The movie which is scheduled for a January 25 release has already been banned from Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh citing law and order issues.
CM Jairam Thakur said, ”I don’t want to say much. We will discuss what to do. The film, indeed, is a controversial one. I respect art but when it comes to people’s sentiments getting hurt, it must be thought about and discussed.” Vasundhara Raje also stated that the movie will not be screened in Rajasthan. “The movie will not be screened in any cinema hall in the state. Rani Padmini’s sacrifice is associated with honour, esteem and pride of the state, so Rani Padmini is not merely a history chapter for us, but is our self-esteem. We will not allow her dignity to be hurt howsoever,” the CM said in a statement.Stating that the decision was taken to “respect the emotions of public in the state”, Raje instructed Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria to ensure that the film is not screened in the state.
Earlier, on December 30, 2017, dismissing the reports suggesting that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has suggested 26 cuts in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’, CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi, said that the board has only demanded for five modifications in the movie, including that the film’s title should be changed to “Padmavat”. The board has also suggested modifications in disclaimers, pertinently adding one regarding not glorifying the practice of “Sati” and also relevant changes in the song ‘Ghoomar’ to befit the character portrayed, he said. The original name of the film was ‘Padmavati’.