Abide by the order: SC orders MP, Rajasthan to screen ‘Padmaavat’


Supreme court today rejected the plea of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan to ban ‘Padmaavat’. "It's an order, better abide by it. You (states) can advise people not to watch the movie," the judges said.

The two states had urged the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision regarding the banning of the mega-budget Sanjay Leela Bhansali film. "We passed an order and our orders are required to be complied by all," stressed Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

"People can't come and say law and order problems, ban the movie. Let us not come to a state where the exhibition of a movie, despite certified by the censor board, is crippled," he said. 

Protesters led by the Karni Sena are disrupting the law and order of the state by blocking roads, burning buses, vandalizing theatres over the past few months.

The response of the court was curt.

"You create trouble and by virtue of it come to court," said Justice DY Chandrachud.

Chief Justice Misra added that experts watched the film and then censor board certified it and the movie also carried a disclaimer.

"We have no choice but to comply and we will," said Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria.

Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana had banned the film, despite censor board's nod.

Karni Sena claimed that Sanjay Leela Bhansali distorted history and hurt their religious sentiments by showing their Rani in bad light. 

The period drama stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini, Shahid Kapoor as king Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji.