Following the ban in four states, the producers of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat have knocked the doors of Supreme Court after receiving clearance from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for a normal release in every state. The governments of Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana have banned the film saying its release may present law and order situation.
A Bench, comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud, measured the proposal of the counsel of the producer that the matter be heard instantaneously because of the ban by Rajasthan, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana mentioning law and order issues. The Bhansali’s film is based on Mohammad Jayasi’s poem Padmavat, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in the lead roles. The film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali witnessed protests across India for allegedly distorting history, a charge that the makers of the film denied strongly.
The film was initially titled as ‘Padmavati’, which was later changed to Padmaavat as suggested by the CBFC. Padmaavat was cleared by the CBFC for release with U/A certificate and a set of five modifications. The film has been experiencing violent protests by the fringe group, Shri Rajput Karni Sena who guilt the ace filmmaker and lead actors of insulting Rajputs and the community’s honor. The protestors, on the other hand, also issued death threats against Bhansali and Deepika over allegations that the queen has a dream sequence with Muslim emperor Alauddin Khilji in the movie, which was clearly denied by the filmmakers.
The makers of Padmaavat released a new poster on Monday with no faces, noting the changes in bold and comforting everyone that the film “upholds the honor of the Rajput community”. The Bhansali’s film is all set to release on January 25, set for a box office clash with Akshay Kumar’s PadMan.