New Delhi, Nov 20: The Supreme Court on Monday ruled out banning Deepika Padukone-starrer Padmavati, saying it can not assume the role of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). “The censor board has a role and the Supreme Court cannot assume that role. Why should the court interfere to stop the release of a movie which has not been cleared by the censor board?” the top court said.Also Read - SpiceJet Air Hostess Grooves to Deepika Padukone's Jhak Maar Ke in Empty Flight, Delights The Internet | Watch
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While the Supreme Court refused to interfere in the matter, top politicians finally broke silence over the controversy surrounding the movie which is based on the life of Rajput queen Padmavati who set herself on fire before she could be taken captive by Delhi sultan Alauddin Khilji. While many historians have claimed Padmavati to be a fictitious character, fringe groups like Karni Sena have declared a war against the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika. Also Read - Punjab Assembly Election 2022: BJP Gears Up For Bigger Role, Likely To Contest On 80 Seats
Politicians cutting across party lines have opposed film’s release providing an impetus to nation-wide protests. From Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh, leaders said ‘distortion’ of historical facts won’t be tolerated by the people. Bhansali has repeatedly denied there being any romance sequencing between Khilji and Padmavati in the movie but his appeals to allow the movie be released on December 1 has so far failed to quell the protests.
Padmavati Banned in Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan added to the controversy declaring that even if the movie, which also stars Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, is cleared for release by the censo board, it will not be allowed to hit the cinema halls in his state.
“If historical facts are distorted, and if anything is shown or said in the movie against the respect of the country’s mother Padmavatiji, then that movie cannot be allowed to release in the land of Madhya Pradesh,” Chouhan said.
Chouhan’s Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh backed the protests against Padmavati, saying that the Rajput community is right in protesting against the movie. “Anything that is historical event… no one will object. But here they are distorting history. I have also gone to Chittor and returned and seen all things there… So, this is distortion of history and no one will accept it. And if communities are objecting to it then it is their right to object.”
BJP-ruled states – Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan – have already raised objections over the content of the movie. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has warned the Centre of likely law and order problems in the state if the film is allowed to be screened. Last week, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje wrote to Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani asking her to stay the movie’s release.
Padmavati has been surrounded in controversy since beginining of its shoot. The set of the movie was vandalised twice – in Jaipur and Kolhapur – and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was roughed up by members of Karni Sena during the Jaipur schedule of the film earlier this year.
The first poster of the movie was released in October this year and triggered a storm with various Rajput groups and others claiming that the director had “distorted” historical facts.
Viacom18 Motion Pictures, which has produced Padmavati, has deferred the release of the movie indefinitely. “Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind ‘Padmavati’, has voluntarily deferred the release date of the film from December 1st 2017,” the production house said in a statement. The new release date is yet to be announced.
Meanwhile, Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi slammed the makers for allowing the film to be screened for various media channels before obtaining a certificate from the board. The CBFC had sent the film back to the producer as the application for the certification was “incomplete”.