Supreme Court refuses plea to ban release of 'Padmavati'


Why Sanjay Leela Bhansali has very limited options in the Padmavati row

Those opposing the film first alleged that there was a dream sequence involving Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji.

Rajput community leaders and various organisations have raised objection over the film, alleging that the filmmaker has distorted historical facts regarding Rani Padmavati in the film and have demanded a ban on it.

On Thursday, CBFC member Arjun Gupta came out strongly against Sanjay Leela Bhansali saying he ought to be tried for "treason".

The latest development comes as film distributors in Rajasthan have expressed unease over releasing the film, scheduled to hit the screens on December 1. The MLA had even announced that he will bail out youth if they are arrested for setting afire the theatres. "The committee will watch the movie and will identify the scenes in the film that may hurt the sentiments of public", Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria told IANS.

The three individuals had approached the court seeking a stay on the film, saying their sentiments were hurt.

Congress had also joined the BJP's narrative on banning the movie, the party said if there is actually "distortion of history" in the movie then it should not be released at all.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud said there were enough guidelines to be followed by the censor board to grant certification of a film before its release.

But it is not just with its release that Padmavati is in the lurch.

The film, which is based on the historical era of the 1300s, has grabbed the attention of many political parties for its content. Padmavati narrates the story of Rani Padmini and Alauddin Khilji.

Shri Rajput Karni Sena, an organisation of the Rajput community, have issued innumerable threats as they believe Bhansali filmed a dream sequence between Rani Padmini and Alauddin Khilji in Padmavati. They have also asked for a pre-release of the film or they would burn the cinema houses and multiplexes! Several groups have been protesting against its screening.

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