Minutes after the Supreme Court stayed orders by some states to ban Deepika Padukone starrer Padmaavat, there have been a number of reactions on the apex court verdict. While some were happy with the judgement others have expressed their concerns. After the top court’s order to cancel the ban by some state’s on film’s release, decks have been cleared for release of the movie on January 25. Expressing his concerns over Supreme Court’s decision, BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu said, “Aaj Supreme Court ne lakhon-crore logon, lakhon-crore Hinduon ki bhavnaon ko thes pahuchai hai, jo SC ka samman karte hain. Hamara sangharsh jaare rahega chaahe mujhe faansi laga do! Ye film release hogi toh desh tootega. (Today Supreme Courts decision has disappointed the emotions of lakhs and crores of the people, who have respect for it. Will continue to fight against the film, even if I am hanged. The country will break if the film is released)”.
Rajput Karni Sena Chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi, while expressing his unhappiness over the top court’s order said he would appeal to all social organisations in the country to help not to release the film. “Will appeal to all social organisations to help stop the release of the film. People should also impose the curfew on Padmaavat in cinema halls.”
Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said that the state government will examine the decision of the Supreme court and see if the appeal can be done against the order. “Supreme Court gave the decision without listening to our side. Supreme Court is the supreme so will abide by the decision. We will also examine the decision and see if there is a scope of appealing against it,” he told ANI. Maintaining the same line, Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria also said that his government respect the apex court’s decision and would abide by it. He further said that the state government would take legal provision if possible only after going through the SC decision.
One group took recourse to another method. Members of Rajput Community in Raipur (Chhattisgarh) submitted a memorandum to state Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra demanding ban on Padmaavat in the state. They said, “Cinema halls screening the film would be burnt down. No changes hereafter are acceptable. We want a complete ban”.
However, welcoming Supreme Court’s decision, Congress leader Kipal Sibal said it was the vindication of the artists right and freedom of speech. “It’s vindication to artists’ rights and freedom of speech. The Supreme Court must be congratulated for upholding not just freedom of speech but artists’ rights to present the story in the manner he/she wishes. Hope states honour verdict and don’t create hurdles in its implementation,” he was quoted as saying by the agency.
Notably, Karni Sena workers have allegedly vandalized a cinema hall in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur today, according to reports.