The Supreme Cour bench, headed by Dipak Misra, has rejected plea by Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan to ban or restrict the controversial movie, Padmaavat, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan had filed a plea in the supreme court, citing law and order issues if the movie is released in their states, but the supreme court told the lawyers that “people must understand that there is a statuary body, and also we have passed an order”. It also said that people are free to decide if they want to watch the movie or not, but there won’t be a ban on the movie. This is the second third time that the Supreme Court has dismissed plea to ban the movie. Padmaavat is now scheduled to open nation wide on 25 January 2018.
The fringe group, Karni Sena has been in protesting against the movie, alleging that it distorts history and maligns the image of Rani Padmavati. Such allegations have been refuted by the director and actors in the movie, and people who have watched it in pre-screenings have only lauded it as the highest tribute to Padmini and her sacrifice. Karni Sena, however, doesn’t want to listen to any of these reassurances, and have been seen promoting violence not only the actors, director and people associated by Padmavati, but also the normal citizen who want to see it in theaters. They have already vandalized malls, and have said that they will burn cinema halls, and even plant bombs where it screens.
Theater chains in Gujarat have said that they won’t be screening the movie in their states because of threats of violence from the fringe groups. Such an action has been criticized by the Supreme Court, which says that it is the duty of each and every state to provide security to citizens who want to see the movie. Delhi, Maharashtra, Haryana and Chattisgarh are some of the state that have assured tight security to the people who want to watch the movie in theaters.
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