Supreme Court lifts ban, ‘Padmaavat’ to release nationwide

Supreme Court has today lifted ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s periodic drama ‘Padmaavat’ and ordered to release the film across India on January 25. Bhansali moved the court after four states remained firmed on their decision of now releasing the film in their states even after the film received censor board nod.

As soon as the decision came, Karni Sena group took law in their hand. Around 30-40 activists of the Shree Rajput Karni Sena gathered around 2pm at Jyoti Cinema in Muzaffarpur’s Mithanpura and ransacked the theatre as they went by the SC court decision and decided to held the film screening.

The protesters raised slogans against the film producer and warned the theatre owner against screening the movie.

“Yeh to sirf trailer hai, pura picture baki hai (This is just a trailer, wait for the full film),” they shouted while vandalising the ticket counters at the cinema hall.

Muzaffarpur town deputy SP Ashish Anand said they were skimming the CCTV footage to identify the protestors. “Those found guilty would not be spared,” he said.

The ban was imposed by four states — Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh — despite the film being cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

Rajasthan home minister Gulab Chand Kataria said the state will “abide by the order”.

“My department and I will look for a legal provision, if one is possible, after reading Supreme Court’s decision and then we will move forward,” said Kataria.

Haryana health minister Anil Vij, who had earlier said he will not allow the movie to be screened, said the top court gave the decision without hearing their side. He added since “the Supreme Court is supreme we will abide by the decision... and see if there is a scope of appealing against it”.

“The Supreme Court order has hurt the sentiments of lakhs and crores of Hindus. My protest will continue, even if I am hanged for it,” Amu said, who announced Rs 10 crore prime money to the one who will behead Deepika Padukone and Bhansali.

In Chhattisgarh, members of the Rajput community submitted a memorandum to state home minister Ramsewak Paikra, demanding a ban on the release of Padmaavat, saying cinema halls screening the film will be burnt down.

A Rajput Karni Sena leader in Ujjain said his group will deepen their hostility to the film.

“We have given call for a janta curfew on January 25, where our supporters will urge the citizens not to watch the film,” said Sena member Thakur Lokendra Singh Kalvi. He added the details of the agitation and further course of action would be announced in Mumbai on Friday,”.

News agency ANI reported that women from the Jauhar Kshatriya Manch in Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh have threatened to perform jauhar on January 24.

“We have been protesting against the release of this film ever since we came to know of it. However, the government did not pay heed to our demands and decided to favour Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Hence, we have decided that some women will perform jauhar on January 24. We are not afraid of death,” the head of the committee told ANI.