In the latest development in the raging ‘Padmaavat’ controversy, members of Shri Rajput Karni Sena attacked a theatre and set it on fire in Haryana’s Faridabad city on Thursday.
This incident comes a day after the Supreme Court (SC) lifted the ban on ‘Padmaavat’ imposed in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana.
At 8 p.m. on Thursday, a group of masked men entered Parshwanath City Mall in Sector 12, Faridabad. They attacked a theatre's ticket counter and set it on fire. The incident, that took place despite the presence of security guards, has been caught on CCTV.
A First Hand Information (FIR) report has been registered against unknown people.
On Thursday, members of Karni Sena allegedly vandalised a theatre in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur after the SC lifted the ban on ‘Padmaavat’.
The SC on Thursday cleared the decks for the all-India release of controversial movie ’Padmaavat’ on January 25 and stayed notifications and orders issued by Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh prohibiting exhibition of the film in their states. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also restrained any other state from issuing such notifications and orders prohibiting exhibition of the movie.
The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, observed that the states are obliged to maintain law and order. “We direct that there shall be a stay of operation on the notification and orders issued and we also restrain other states from issuing such notifications or orders in this matter,” the bench said in its interim order.
The producers had approached the top court challenging the notification and orders issued by four states - Gujarat Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh - prohibiting exhibition of the film.
Governments of Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan had declared that they will not allow screening of the movie, which stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles. The producers submitted that the movie has undergone changes including in its title as suggested by the CBFC.
Asserting that the film has been cleared by the CBFC, the plea has said that the states cannot impose a blanket ban on a film and its screening can be suspended in a particular area or areas on account of law and order problem, not across the states. Politicians of all hues, including some chief ministers, recently made public statements on the film, with many of them being against it.
The film is based on the saga of the historic battle of 13th century between Maharaja Ratan Singh and his army of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi. The set of the movie was vandalised twice - in Jaipur and Kolhapur, while its director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was roughed up by members of the Karni Sena last year.
After SC lifted the ban on the film, 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’.”
Controversial leader Suraj Pal Amu, who had earlier announced a bounty on Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone’s heads, also slammed the apex court for its directive.
"Supreme Court order has hurt the feelings of crores of Hindus. The protest against the film will continue even if I'm hanged," Amu told ANI.
He added, "The release of the film will divide the nation."
Amu said that the top court did not take into consideration the struggle that the Rajput community had to undergo.
Meanwhile, members of the Rajput community in Chattisgarh's Raipur have threatened to burn down the cinema halls that would screen the film.
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.
(With ANI and PTI inputs)