The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday morning dismissed the plea by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh government and gave a green signal for the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming movie, Padmaavat.
The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday morning dismissed the plea by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh government and gave a green signal for the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming movie, Padmaavat. In its order, the apex court asked all the states to follow its directives and said that it is the duty of the state governments to maintain the law and order situation. The movie that stars Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor in the lead roles, is set to release on January 25 across India while the special screenings will be held on January 24. This decision came as a major setback for both the states.
The Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta who was appearing for state of Rajasthan, reportedly argued before Supreme Court that ‘I am not saying that allow me to ban the film, I had moved the Apex Court for certain modification of the Apex court’s earlier interim order’. To this, the Supreme Court three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra observed, ‘people must understand that there is a statutory body, and also we have passed an order’.
The fringe group outfit had Karni Sena which has been protesting the release of the movie has already stated that it will not allow the screenings of the film. Karni Sena has been the most vociferous of the fringe groups opposing the period drama, alleging that historical facts were distorted in the movie.
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The Supreme Court, on Monday, had agreed to hear tomorrow the pleas of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments, seeking recall of its January 18 orders allowing the screening of controversial Bollywood film ‘Padmaavat’ in theatres across India on the grounds that its release would create “law and order” problems in the two states. The apex court had, on January 18, paved way for the nationwide release of the movie on January 25 by lifting the ban put by states like Gujarat and Rajasthan on its screening.
Back then, the court had also restrained all the other states from issuing orders banning the Deepika Padukone-starrer, based on the saga of a historic 13th century battle between Maharaja Ratan Singh and his army of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi.
Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the movie producer Viacom 18, opposed urgent hearing on the pleas saying it was “unfortunate” the way things were happening despite the apex court order.