Supreme Court strikes down ban on Padmaavat by BJP governments


The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the ban imposed by four BJP-governed states. The makers of Padmaavat had moved the top court against the decision taken by four BJP states namely Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.


Harish Salve and former Attorney General of India, Mukul Rohatgi had appeared for the petitioners.

The Supreme Court also restrained other states from issuing similar orders in future.

Padmaavat is scheduled to be released on 26 January this year. Its release was originally scheduled last year but the Central Board of Film Certification, also known as the censor board, had refused to give it the required certificate for the release.

The censor board last month had approved Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavati with UA certificate. This was after the examining committee met on 28 December to review Padmaavati.

The censor board has also asked the makers of Padmavati to make some modifications even likely change of the title to Padmaavat. The certificate will be issued only after the required and agreed modifications have been made.

A senior functionary of the BJP in Haryana had announced a bounty of Rs 10 crore for anyone who will behead Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The makers of Padmaavati had decided to postpone its release in India following violent protests against the film.




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