Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear the petitions filed by the governments of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan concerning the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmaavat.’ The top court has agreed to hear the state government’s plea on Tuesday, January 23, 2017.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud agreed to hear on Tuesday the interim applications of both the states seeking modification of the apex court order allowing exhibition of the movie.
The states claimed that section 6 of the Cinematograph Act empowers them to stop the exhibition of any controversial movie on the grounds of possible violation of law and order.
Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Viacom 18 the producers of the Deepika Padukone-starrer, opposed urgent hearing on any such interim applications. The court, however, agreed to hear the applications.
Lokendra Singh Kalvi, Karni Sena chief, said on Monday,
"we will try our best to ban the film for good"
Furthermore, representatives of the Karni Sena are scheduled to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh with a view to seeking a nationwide ban on the movie.
Merely a week ago, the Supreme Court on Thursday lifted the ban on the movie imposed by the 4 states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana. At the time, the apex court was hearing a plea filed by the producers of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat to withdraw the ban imposed on the film's release in Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat, and Maharashtra.
Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles, the film is based on the 16th century Sufi poet Mohammad Jayasi's poem Padmaavat. The film is all set for a worldwide January 25 release in Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil, and will be the first Indian film to get a global IMAX 3D release.