While we are desperately awaiting Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmaavat‘ to release, the film is at the centre of a political storm in India after protests from the dominant Rajput caste group in the western state of Rajasthan. Recently, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had announced its decision to grant the certification to the controversial Bhansali directorial — subject to five modifications including a title change. Now, the latest we hear is that the Rajasthan High Court would like to watch Padmaavat before taking a decision to allow its release in the state

For the uninitiated, a petition has been filed by the director of the film, seeking the quashing of an FIR lodged against him at Didwana in Merta in March last year, while the court posted the matter to January 23. However, the petitioner’s counsel, Nishant Bora, in a statement to an online news portal, said, “Since the name of the film has been changed to Padmaavat, the FIR becomes pointless and the film should be allowed to release in the state, adding that, “We prayed to the court to allow us to release the film in Rajasthan.”

Well, reportedly, Justice Sandeep Mehta refused to pass any order on the petition without watching the film and asked the petitioner’s counsel to arrange a screening for the court. The petitioner then told the portal, “We sought some time from the court in order to take instructions from the petitioner and arrange the screening of the film. Allowing our plea, the court adjourned the hearing of the petition till January 23.” ALSO READ: Padmavati Row: Rajput Karni Sena To Hold A Countrywide Protest Against Deepika Padukone’s Film Beginning Today

Earlier today, activists of the Shree Rajput Karni Sena members gathered outside the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) office to protest against the coming release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s ‘Padmaavat’ and express dissent over the censor board’s decision to allow the release of the controversial movie. A few were taken away by the police. Jeevan Singh Solanki, a Karni Sena member told a news agency, “We are going to urge our Prime Minister to ban the film because the movie will ruin the heritage and culture of the Rajput community. The filmmaker has played with the sentiments of the Rajputs.” Watch this space for further updates.