‘Padmaavat’ releasing on January 25,SC dismisses pleas against it

SC refuses to modify its order on the plea Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, paving the way for releasing of ‘Padmaavat’ on January 25 on Tuesday.

The Sanjay Leela Bhansali film starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapur was cleared earlier this month by the censor board, which suggested changes. The title of the film was also changed from “Padmavati” to “Padmaavat”.

The top court had last week set aside the notification passed by Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat to ban the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat.

SC asked states on Tuesday to implement its earlier order and said it will examine pleas to stop the exhibition of the film on a case-to-case basis if the situation warrants.

The apex court was miffed at the states’ demand to reinstate the ban, saying it was implicit in their arguments that authorities were incapable of ensuring law and order.

Several Rajput groups accuse Bhansali of distorting history in the film, which stars Deepika Padukone as legendary Rajput queen Padmini and Ranveer Singh as Muslim emperor Alauddin Khilji.

Protesters, led by the Shri Rajput Karni Sena, are upset over the depiction of Padmini and especially a rumored dream sequence between Padukone and Singh – a charge that Bhansali has rejected.

In January last year, members attacked Bhansali and vandalised the set during filming in Rajasthan. The leader of the group had also offered Rs 50 million to anyone who “beheaded” lead actress Deepika Padukone or Bhansali

Padmaavat is set to release in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil on January 25 after the censor board earlier this month subjected the film to five changes and cleared it for exhibition.

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