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Supreme Court Lifts Ban On Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmaavat'

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  • The Supreme Court on Thursday lifted the ban on Padmaavat imposed by the 4 states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana
  • Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra slammed the respective state governments for banning the movie
  • The Supreme Court was hearing a plea filed by the producers of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat

In a big relief to the makers of the movie ‘Padmaavat’, the Supreme Court on Thursday lifted the ban on the movie imposed by the 4 states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana. Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra slammed the respective state governments for banning the movie. 

HERE'S WHAT THE CJI SAID:

  • The Supreme Court has deep regard for the freedom of expression
  • Putting a ban on the movie is against the constitutional conscience
  • Freedom of speech and expression should have the highest regard
  • There is a statutory body to decide on the screening of the movie. Once the statutory body has decided, no doubts should arise. And, in this case CBFC is the statutory body to decide on screening of a movie
  • It is the duty of the state to maintain law and order in the state

The Supreme 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.

READ| Padmaavat: Supreme Court To Hear Producer's Plea Challenging Film's Ban

Producers of Padmaavat on Wednesday moved the top court to convince the aforementioned states to withdraw the ban on the release of the film.

In their plea, the producers questioned the right of these four state governments to ban the film when the apex court has already clarified that the film's screening can only be suspended in a particular area if there is a law and order situation developing.

The release of Bhansali's magnum opus was banned in the said four states claiming a potential law and order problem. The flick has run into trouble time and again, as members of several Rajput factions have accused Bhansali of distorting history.

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 Padmavat.

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.

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