BJP ruling Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh Governments on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking modification in its earlier order to lift a ban on the controversial flick ‘Padmaavat’ in four states.
The apex court will hear the matter on January 23.
The top court last week set aside the notification passed by the states of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat to ban the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s directorial Padmaavat scheduled to be on January 25. The movie was slated to hit the theatres by December, 2017, but due to strong opposition from Rajput groups, the release date was postponed.
The Supreme Court also added in the order passed on 18 January that the states were under constitutional obligation to maintain law and order. It said this duty also includes providing police protection to persons who are involved in the film, its exhibition and the audience watching it.
Earlier, the apex court refused to entertain a plea filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma who claimed that the certificate issued by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to ‘Padmaavat’ was illegal.
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. On Monday, Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena protesters opposed to the release of the movie Padmaavat burned three buses and damaged the window panes of at least six more buses in different parts of Mehsana district.
Meanwhile, the Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus is all set for a worldwide January 25 release in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.
The film is based on 16th-century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic poem ‘Padmavat’.