Bollywood controversial film Padmaavat has been cleared by India’s Supreme court.
Supreme Court set aside the notification passed by the states of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat against the release of Padmaavat directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Senior advocate Harish Salve, representing the film’s producers, told the Supreme Court that the states banning the film were “destroying the federal structure”, ANI (Asian News International) reported. Further Salve told the court “If somebody has a problem, then he or she can approach appellate tribunal for relief”. Moreover he told “The state cannot touch the content of a film. We request the central government to pass a direction to the states for a better and an effective step and solution.”
So the bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra then ordered in favour of Padmaavat makers. The Hindu reported, Misra said it is the duty of State to maintain law and order, and it cannot use its machinery to prohibit a film’s exhibition citing risk to public order.
On the other side Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representator for the states asked the court to provide them another day to present their case. According to News18 Mehta said “It is not a case where a man is going to be hanged in a day”. However, the Supreme Court said conditional freedom cannot wait for a day.
So the movie which was originally slated to be released on 1st Dec 2017 is now set to be released on January 25th 2018.
Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) told local media that it had not asked for any kind of cuts in the movie but it is recommended to change the name of film from Padmavati to Padmaavat to align it closer to its source material. The film tells the story of a 14th Century Hindu queen belonging to the high Rajput caste and the Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji. Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, the historical drama is based on the 16th century poem of the same name by Malik Muhammad Jaisi.