Rajasthan government moves Supreme Court against 'Padmaavat release'

Lynette Rowe
January 23, 2018

The SC agreed to hear the applications by the States tomorrow. Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria has also reportedly extended an invitation to the Karni Sena to jointly fight against the film's release in order to "strengthen the case" (its review petition against Padmaavat's release), reports IANS. "We have made a decision to meet chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan seeking security", an office bearer of the association said.

Both state governments have said that they were empowered under the Cinematograph Act to stop exhibition of a movie on grounds of law and order.

Last Thursday, the apex court lifted a ban on the film by Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

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 makers were heaving a sigh of relief that their film will see the light of day in these four states.

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An apex court bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, also restrained all states from banning the Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor starrer.

The film which is expected to release this week on January 25 continues to face opposition and pressure from protestors and the right-wing group Shri Rajput Karni Sena. However, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that the state has not stopped the movie, since it has got permission from the top court.

Padmavat is the film that is gearing up for a grand release on 25th of this month. PIL on Padmavathi The Supreme court recently gave the verdict that there should be no hurdles for the release of the movie as it was cleared by the censor board.

On the other hand, violence and arson erupted in parts of BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Haryana on Monday ahead of the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period drama as the Karni Sena on Monday warned of "enormous outburst of people" if the movie was released.

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