SC to hear Rajasthan, MP govts' pleas on Tuesday against Padmaavat release


According to reports, the court will consider the petition on Tuesday.

The historic film had faced opposition from various quarters, including the Rajput community, who allege that the filmmaker Bhansali has distorted history and tarnished the image of the legendary Queen Padmini.

The states claimed that section 6 of the cinematograph act empowers them to stop the exhibition of any controversial movie on the grounds of possible violation of law and order.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra agreed to hear their interim application against its January 18 order that stayed a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film imposed by four states. On Monday, Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena protesters opposed to the release of the movie Padmaavat burned three buses and damaged the window panes of at least six more buses in different parts of Mehsana district. At the same time, the Karni Sena group members visited various cinema halls in Gurugram and asked the cinema halls/ multiplex owners not to screen Padmaavat.

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Speaking to reporters after a programme here, Chouhan said: "We would once again knock on the apex court's doors".

They pressed for an early hearing of the matter as the release of the movie is round the corner. Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, the producers of the period drama, had already deferred the December 1 release of the movie, which is now set to hit the screens on Wednesday.

Last Thursday, the apex court lifted a ban on the film by Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

The film, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles, is based on the saga of historic battle of 13th century between Maharaja Ratan Singh and his army of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi.