The controversy relation to the historical epic, Padmaavat is still raging on, and even after being certified by the censor board, CBFC, the movie has been banned in four states, Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. But the producers have now moved the Supreme Court, with a petition to lift the ban on the movie. The petition will be heard by a bench headed by the Chief Justice, Dipak Mishra. The producers have asked the Supreme court about the authority through which the States can ban the movie, even though changes that had been prescribed by the censor board, along with the title, have been made. They have also stated that if the states feel there is an issue of violence and threat to the movie goers, then they can ban the movie in some specific areas but can’t restrict it completely.
Karni Sena, the fringe group that has been protesting the release of the movie has threatened a “war-like situation” if the movie is released on 25 January 2018. They have stated that women will commit Jauhar (self immolation) if the movie is released, even though inciting suicide is punishable offence, no action has been taken against them by the Rajasthan Government.
There have also been reports about paid previews for the movie, that is, it could be released on 24 January, at 9:30 PM in Cinema’s. People will be able to watch the movie then, and the producers hope that the positive word of mouth will encourage others to go see it. According to some analysts, Padmaavat could be a hit, even as it has been facing hurdle, because of the growing interest from the public. A few pre-screening that have been held for select people have reportedly have unprecedented positive reactions. The Supreme Court is likely to decide on the topic.