Padmaavat row: Supreme Court to hear petitions of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh


Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the state government would approach the Supreme Court to stop the release of the controversial film "Padmaavat".

Rajasthan, in its application, has referred to several recent incidents of violence that has taken place in there and sought modification of the order to the extent that the movie is not allowed to be released in the state.

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

Meanwhile, the Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus is all set for a worldwide January 25 release in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.

Last evening, members of the outfit tore posters and banners of Padmaavat at a theatre in Ranchi and warned theatre owners against screening the film.

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The makers were heaving a sigh of relief that their film will see the light of day in these four states. The organization of the Rajput community had further staged blockades by burning tyres on the road connecting Ujjain to Nagad, Dewas to Maksi and Agra to Kota.

On Sunday, at least 200 Rajput women took out a "jauhar swabhimaan" rally in Rajasthan's Chittorgarh town and ratcheted up the pressure with memorandums to ban the film or give them permission to end their lives.

Padmaavat (the film) stars Deepika Padukone as the 13th century Rajput queen Padmini, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji.

Despite the censor board clearing the film's release, the BJP-ruled states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh banned its screening.

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.