Supreme Court turns down plea to ban ‘Padmaavat’


New Delhi: In a major relief to filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh government to allow the release of Padmaavat in their states.

The court rejected the pleas of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh government, who had sought a ban on Bhansali’s upcoming magnum opus Padmaavat.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said: “People must understand that the Supreme Court has passed an order and it must be complied with.”

“Our order is to be complied with by one and all. A few hundred people come on the street and create a law and order situation demanding ban. That can’t be accepted,” Misra said.

“You can advise them not to watch the movie if they don’t like it. We will not modify our order,” the Chief Justice told Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who tried to flag the law and order situation as a ground for blocking release of the film.

The apex court also rejected a plea by Akhil Bharatiya Karni Mahasangh and said, “We are not inclined to modify order”.

The states cited law and order problems being faced due to the release of the movie.

“You can’t make virtue of creating trouble. You can’t first create trouble and then make a virtue of it,” said Justice Chandrachud.

The court also said that the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has cleared the movie after which the court suspended the ban and allow it to release. So, the states must honour this order.

“Let the state honour this order. Rest we will deal with when it comes to it,” Justice Khanwilkar said.

Produced by  Via 18 Media Pvt Ltd, Padmaavat stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. The movie is slated to release on January 25.


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