New Delhi, Nov 10: The Supreme Court has refused to entertain a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) demanding a stay on release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati. The top court suggested that the censor board should take an independent view over the issue. The court added that it can’t substitute role of CBFC as the movie is yet to be certified.Also Read - It's a Matter of Right, Not Charity: CJI N V Ramana on 50% Reservation For Women in Judiciary
The petition said that the film wrongly depicts Rajput queen Padmavati and that its release could hurt the sentiments of the Rajput community which could lead to law and order problem. Also Read - Akshay Kumar's Prithviraj To Ranbir Kapoor's Shamshera, When YRF's Upcoming Movies Will Be Released? Check Here
“The trailer of the film shows Rani Padmavati doing a Ghoomar dance. The depiction of Rani Padmavati in the said dance sequence is contrary to how the dance is performed traditionally. The queens never used to do Ghoomar and the thumkas (hip movement) themselves and the revelation of skin by actress Deepika Padukone, in her portrayal of Padmavati, has hurt the sentiments of the Rajput community,” the petition said. Also Read - Ranveer Singh Starrer 83 To FINALLY Release This Christmas | See New Poster
Padmavati Controversy: Full Coverage
Sanjay Leel ahansali, the maker of the film which stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, released a video statement on the film’s official Twitter account on Thursday calling the film his tribute to the “sacrifice, valour and honour” of Rani Padmavati. (Also Read: Padmavati Row: Bhansali Productions Office Gets Police Protection)
Swamy’s Conspiracy Theory
Adding fuel to the raging controversy, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has claimed that Padmavati has been funded from Dubai.
He said there are forces working to distort India’s history and that there is an international conspiracy to defame Hindus.
This is my tribute to the sacrifice, valour and honour of Rani Padmavati! – Sanjay Leela Bhansali @RanveerOfficial @deepikapadukone @shahidkapoor https://t.co/RfxgTzFtch
The film, which is slated to release on December 1, has triggered a massive controversy with various Rajput groups, including the Karni Sena, threatening to disrupt the screening of the movie, accusing Bhansali of “distorting” historical facts.
Bhansali has been facing trouble since the beginning as the sets of the movie were vandalised and the director was slapped by some members of the Karni Sena in the beginning of this year.
The set of the movie was again vandalised in Kolhapur, with the miscreants burning the costumes in March this year.
Bhansali and his team have repeatedly assured that there are no romantic scenes between Rani Padmavati, played by Deepika Padukone, and Alauddin Khilji, played by Ranveer Singh.
Distributors Refuse to Release Film
Meanwhile, film distributors in Rajasthan have said that they will not buy Padmavati’s distribution rights unless the controversy surrounding the movie is resolved.
“Karni Sena and other Rajput community leaders are protesting against the film over alleged distortion of historical facts. We are also against the distortion of historical facts and will purchase the distribution rights only after the controversy is settled,” Raj Bansal, a leading film distributor, told PTI.
“Let them reach an amicable solution, then only we will purchase the rights of the film,” he said.