Protests over Padmaavat took another ugly turn late on Monday evening after protestors vandalised a bus at national highway number 8 in Haryana’s Gurugram district. The state government had earlier decided to allow screening of film in theatres following Supreme Court order cancelling the ban on Deepika Padukone starrer film last week.
Earlier in the day, the Haryana Government announced its decision to implement the Supreme Court order cancelling ban the state imposed on the film Padmaavat along with Gujarat and Rajasthan.
“It’s good if some theater owners do not want to screen the film, but those who want to, they will be provided full security,” Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was quoted as saying by PTI. He further said that his government would implement the apex order” on the film.
Earlier states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana had banned the film amidst protests by fringe groups, who had alleged the film distorts history. On Thursday, the top court cancelled the notifications issued by Rajasthan and Gujarat governments against the release of the film.
Producers of the film had moved the apex challenging the ban on screening ordered by the four states.The film, starring Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati and Ranveer Singh as Allaudin Khilji, is slated to release on January 25, after months of opposition from a number of groups.
Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) BS Sandhu also said that saying nobody would be allowed to disrupt peace in the state as forces will be deployed around cinema halls where the film Padmaavat’ will be screened in the state.
“We are going to provide adequate security to cinema halls that will screen the movie on January 25. No one will be allowed to disrupt peace in the state,” Sandhu told PTI. His statement came after several a number of groups threatened multiplex, theatre and cinema hall owners against the screening of the film.