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Supreme Court lifts ban on screening of Padmaavat by four states

Supreme Court lifts ban on screening of Padmaavat by four states

As per the latest reports, the state governments of Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have again petitioned the Supreme Court to rethink their judgement regarding the release of Bhansali's film. "But as the Supreme Court has now stayed our notification, we will study the order", he said.

Interestingly, senior state minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said such protests were "natural" and that the government was looking for a legal opinion following the Supreme Court's order.

Earlier this month the film censor board cleared Padmaavat for release subject to five changes.

In December, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) told local media it had not recommended any cuts.

It is set to be released on 25 January. "This order effectively means that the film will be released in these states [and a] ban on the release of this movie will have no effect". Minister of State for Home Department Pradipsinh Jadeja said, "We will study the SC verdict and decide on the future course". The Rajput Karni Sena has threatened all the cineplexes across the globe to face major loss if they will telecast the movie.

Meanwhile, Shri Rajput Karni Sena is contacting cinema hall owners across India and requesting them not to screen the Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie.

The states have asked the court instead to rule that individual state governments should be allowed to block the release on law and order grounds. The dream sequence being talked about in the film is just a rumour and we have already apprised you about the same in the letter sent on January 29, 2017. Members of the Karni Sena and other Rajput organisations protesting the film's release on Monday by damaged the Delhi-Noida DND flyover toll plaza counters and set ablaze a barrier there.

He said that if the Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor-starrer is allowed to release, the "outburst of people will be enormous" and the onus will be on theatres screening the film.

A fortnight ago, alleged Karni Sena activists had stormed a school in Ratlam where primary school students were performing a dance reportedly based on Padmaavat.

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