The supreme court has now lifted the ban on Padmaavat, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. The bench headed by the Dipak Misra has given the order to all the four states that have banned the movie, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana. Harish Salve, representing the producers of Padmaavat in Supreme Court has said, “If states are banning a film, then it is destroying federal structure. If somebody has a problem,then he or she can approach appellate tribunal for relief. State can’t touch the content of a film.” The representative have also asked the “Central Government to pass a direction to the states for a better and an effective step and solution.”
The decision will surely shock the Karni Sena, the fringe group that has been protesting about the release of the movie, stating historical distortions, even though none of the members have even watched the movie. The CBFC had provided the certificate to the movie, with five modifications, but even after that the Rajasthan Government had been the first to ban the movie, citing a law and order situation. The sena has said that there will be a war like situation in the states in which the movie is released and that they will burn every cinema halls that show the movie. In such cases, it has been suggested in place of banning the movie, the Government should not bow down to the fringe groups, but provide security to the people who visit the cinema halls.
Recently, a school had been vandalized in Madhya Pradesh, and a child had been injured because goons had attacked the students after hearing that the Ghoomar song had been played in the annual function. After this, the state had also banned the song. Curiously, Ghoomar had been performed at the welcoming function for the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in Gujarat, where the movie is banned.