Padmaavat release date: In major relief to the makers of Padmaavat, the Supreme Court has stayed the ban imposed on the film by various states and paved the way for its release. The ban was imposed by Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The movie is scheduled to release in January 25. With the Padmaavat ban removed, the movie is set to release in these states as well. After several states imposed ban on the Sanjay Leela Bhansali helmed Padmaavat, the makers had knocked the Supreme Court door to seek solace from the rigorous step taken by several state governments. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud had 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 states.
Governments of Haryana, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand had declared that they will not allow screening of the movie, which also stars Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles. The Haryana government, at a recent cabinet meeting, had decided to ban the movie in the state. The producers moved the top court through senior lawyer Harish Salve and advocate Mahesh Agarwal and submitted, in a petition, that the movie has undergone changes including in its title as suggested by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
Asserting that the film has been cleared by the CBFC, the plea said the states cannot impose a blanket ban on a film and its screening can be suspended in a particular area or areas on account of law and order problem, not across the states. Earlier on two occasions, the apex court had thwarted attempts to stall release of the film, saying it cannot pre-judge a movie before the authorised body CBFC takes a decision. The top court had on November 28 expressed unhappiness over remarks made by politicians over the movie and asked them to desist from reacting as they could prejudice censor board’s decision.
(To be updated)