Padmaavat row: Karni Sena has once again created a ruckus in connection to the controversial Bollywood film “Padmaavat”. On Saturday, the members of the Rajput organization stage protest against the film in Ambala and threatened to burn down the theatres if they screen the film. The fringe outfit has also announced Bharat Bandh on 25 January over the release of ‘Padmaavat.’ Amid the controversy, Rakesh Patel, the Director of Gujarat Multiplex Association said that the theatre owners have decided not to screen the movie, as they are scared of the protest and can’t afford to bear the loss. “We have decided not to screen the movie in the whole of Gujarat. Everyone is scared, No multiplex wants to bear the loss. Why will we bear the loss?” he said.
Karni Sena, a week before the release of Padmaavat, made an appeal to people to lay curfews at theatres across the country to stop the screening of the film Padmaavat. The call from the outfit came just few days after the Supreme Court ruled that a ban imposed on the film’s release by four states is illegal and directed state governments to provide security to cinema halls.
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The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a plea seeking an urgent hearing on a fresh PIL that sought cancellation of Censor Board’s certificate granted to movie ‘Padmaavat’. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud also trashed the submission that the screening of the movie may cause a serious threat to life, property and law and order. “Maintaining law and order is not our job. That is the job of the state. Prayer rejected,” the bench said while refusing to accord urgent hearing on the fresh plea filed by lawyer M L Sharma. The lawyer has sought cancellation of the U/A certificate granted by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to Deepika Padukone-starrer ‘Padmaavat’ on various grounds including the provisions of the Cinematograph Act.
The movie, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles, is based on the saga of the historic battle of the 13th century between Maharaja Ratan Singh and his army of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi.