New Delhi, Nov 24: Delhi High Court on Friday rejected a petition against the movie ‘Padmavati‘, terming it as “hopeless” and “misconceived”. The two-judge bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar observed that such petitions encouraged the anti-‘Padmavati’ protesters. The petition filed by a political party, Akhand Rashtrawadi Party, has sought a direction from the court that s committee should be formed to check if the makers of ‘Padmavati‘ had distorted history.
According to PTI, the court observed, “Have you (counsel for the petitioner) seen the film. Have the people, who are burning cinema halls seen the film? By this kind of petitions, you are encouraging the people who are agitating.” The judges directed Akhand Rashtrawadi Party to approach the Central Board of Film Certification for issues related to ‘Padmavati’ and the court was not inclined to entertain it.
There have been protests against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed ‘Padmavati‘ by several Rajput groups across the country for alleged distortion of history in the movie. The film stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. It is based on the 1303 siege of the Chittor fort in Rajasthan by the Turkish ruler of Delhi Alauddin Khilji.
The public interest litigation (PIL) was filed on November 16 by the group that calls itself a political party. It had approached the High Court to direct CBFC to set up a committee– which will include a CBFC member, a social activist and three history experts– to check whether the film was in consonance with the history.
The release of the movie was postponed by its producers, Viacom 18, after Karni Sena staged protest across the country against the movie, alleging the movie presented wrong history of queen Padmavati.
Meanwhile, the controversy turned ugly when a body was found hanging at Nahar Garh fort in Jaipur. Slogans against the movie was found written at stones near the body.