New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming film 'Padmaavat' by the four states, i.e. Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh. It has given the film, the green signal to release it across screens in India. The apex court has also restrained other states from issuing such similar bans on the film in its order.
The hearing took place in front of a bench consisting of three judges CJI Dipak Misra, Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud. Upholding the petitioners contention that the exhibition of this film was a part of the filmmakers freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under Article 19 of the Constitution, the bench ruled that the Cenral Board of Film Certification had given the film a U/A certificate for an all India release.
The producers of Padmaavat had moved SC with a petition through noted lawyer Harish Salve after Haryana had joined Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh in placing a ban on the release of the film, citing law and order problems.
The bench, in its observation had noted that if it goes by the arguments made against the film, 60 per cent of the literature, including classic literature of India cannot be read.
The Rajput Karni Sena has been protesting against the film, claiming that it distorts the history of Rajputs and shows Rani Padmavati in a bad light. It had demanded a complete ban on the film and had threatened to set fire those cinema houses which would screen it.
BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu, who had previously announced a reward of Rs.10 crore for beheading the lead actress of Padmaavat Deepika Padukone said, "The Supreme Court has today played with the sentiments of lakhs and crores of hindus who has their trust placed on the apex court and have offended them. Our struggle will continue, even if I have to face the gallows. If this film releases, this country will break into pieces too"