Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat is witnessing a YES-NO situation before its release. At first, the movie got CBFC clearance very late. Then, when the movie was cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) with some changes (movie title changed from Padmavati to Padmaavat for one), it was banned by four BJP ruled states. After which, the court ruled that the state can’t stop the screening of a movie which has been cleared by the CBFC. Now, in the latest development, the movie distributors of Rajasthan have backed out from screening the movie. Consequently, the movie will not be released in the state. The move by the Rajasthan film distributor association comes after various fringe groups threatened to burn any cinema hall that screened the movie. Earlier, a movie hall in Kota was vandalised just for showing the trailers of the movie.
Further, ahead of “Padmaavat” release, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have petitioned the top court for a review and said that states must be allowed to stop the film on grounds of law and order. The group that has led these protests, the Karni Sena, has also asked the top court to ban the film saying its makers twisted history. All three petitions will be heard tomorrow, as per various media reports. Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, along with Gujarat and Haryana, had banned the film amid fierce protests. Haryana will not stop the film, Chief Minister ML Khattar has said, and added that it is “our duty” to comply with the Supreme Court order. “If someone decides not to screen the film, it will be good but if someone screens the film, they will be provided security,” he said.
On Sunday, thousands of women took out a ‘Chetavani (warning) Rally’, holding swords, in Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh town threatening ‘jauhar’ or self-immolation a day before the film’s release. Karni Sena spokesperson Vijendra Singh said, “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,” as per media reports.
Reportedly, top Z security has been provided to the censor chief Prasson Joshi citing the threats he received after clearing the movie. Various groups are accusing Sanjay Leela Bhansali of distorting historical facts and showing Rani Padmavati in ‘bad light’. All this accusations come even before the release of the film. The movie, which stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, and Ranveer Singh in lead roles, is set to hit the theatres on January 25.