As Supreme Court lifted the ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ imposed by the 4 states of Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, fringe groups asked the Central government to step in to ban the release of the movie.
Mahipal Makrana of Karni Sena said,
“Central government has the authority to ban any movie which has the potential to disturb law and order situation. Hence, centre should step in to ban ‘Padmaavat.
Meanwhile, controversial leader Suraj Pal Amu, who earlier announced a bounty on Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone’s heads, has also slammed the apex court for its directive.
“Supreme Court’s decision has hurt the sentiments of Hindus. Hang me if you want, but our protest against ‘Padmaavat’ would continue.”
Members of Rajput Community in Raipur, Chhattisgarh also submitted a memorandum to state Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra demanding ban on Padmaavat in the state, saying ‘'cinema halls screening the film would be burnt down. No changes hereafter are acceptable. We want a complete ban.”
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. The CJI said the Supreme Court has deep regard for the freedom of expression and putting a ban on the movie is against the constitutional conscience.
Producers of Padmaavat on Wednesday moved the top court to convince the aforementioned states to withdraw the ban on the release of the film.
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.