Indian Supreme Court allows screening of controversial film Padmavat

States Worrying About Padmavat Release
Indian states seek last-ditch film ban amid violent protests

23 January, 2018

The Supreme Court also added in the order passed on 18 January that the states were under constitutional obligation to maintain law and order.

Meanwhile, the movie's producer Viacom 18 Motion Pictures is considering postponing the movie's release in Rajasthan because the protests in the state may turn violent, the Economic Times reported.

The petition has requested the court to review its order that lifted the ban on the government-imposed ban on the movie.

The film has been marred into controversy after several fringe groups, mostly Shri Rajput Karni Sena, accused the film maker of distorting history and portraying Rani Padmini in poor light in the movie.

The Supreme Court has stayed the orders/notifications issued by the Rajasthan and Gujarat governments prohibiting the screening of "Padmaavat", and restrained other state governments from issuing similar orders.

With the date for the release of the controversial movie nearing, members of the Karni Sena on Monday blocked roads in Ujjain. "We have told the state advocate general to study the SC verdict on the film".

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The state also cited upcoming by-elections and intelligence inputs to support its plea and said there may be law and order problems if the film is released.

Earlier on Sunday, thousands of women organized a "Chetavni (warning) rally" in Rajasthan's Chittorgarh town.

The organization also warned theater owners not to screen the movie. And as intense protests spread across Rajasthan, the release of the film got delayed, waiting for censor's clearance till now.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is the director of the film.

In November, after meeting Rajput community leaders, Chouhan had announced that the film would not be allowed to release in the state.

A day after ruling that the film Padmaavat can not be banned by states on account of potential law and order trouble, the SC on Friday, also rejected a plea seeking urgent hearing on a fresh PIL that sought cancellation of Censor Board's certificate granted to the movie.

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