Published: Tue, January 23, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

SC to hear Rajasthan, MP pleas against 'Padmaavat' release tomorrow

SC to hear Rajasthan, MP pleas against 'Padmaavat' release tomorrow

Earlier, the apex court had not only set aside the ban put by certain states on the release of the movie, but had also asked other states not to take similar recourse.

A day after the Supreme Court paved the way for the nationwide release of "Padmaavat", Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said today the advocate general has been asked to study the order before taking a decision on its screening in the state.

Among the protesters were women, said to total 1,908, who have already registered for performing "jauhar" (committing suicide by jumping into fire) in Chittorgarh. In Noida city, near New Delhi, activists burned toll booths on a major highway after a rally.

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Protesters claim the film falsely depicts a romance between 14th century Hindu queen Padmavati and Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji. The producers of the film deny this.

Meanwhile, two bodies which have been protesting against the film - Shree Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena and Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha, also moved the apex court seeking their impleadment as parties, opposing its release on grounds including that it hurt the sentiments of the community.

A caste-based group called the Rajput Karni Sena, which has been leading the violent protests, has threatened to attack cinemas showing the film, including with swords.

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Earlier the state government of four states Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana banned the screening of the film in following states. The flick has run into trouble time and again, as members of several Rajput factions have accused the director of the film, Bhansali of distorting history.

The leader of the group also offered a reward to anyone who beheaded the lead actress, Deepika Padukone, or Bhansali. Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh play the lead roles.

In their latest plea, the States argued that the Censor Board did not have the expertise or wherewithal to gauge the security risks and public order situation when it certified a film for public screening.

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