New Delhi, January 22: With no end to protest against the release of Bollywood film Padmaavat on January 25, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan governments have moved the Supreme Court seeking modification of the order lifting ban on screening of the film. The apex court will hear the plea on Tuesday. Also Read - NCB Issues Official Statement After Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor's Interrogation, To Submit Detailed Report in Court
Both state governments have said that they were empowered under the Cinematograph Act to stop exhibition of a movie on grounds of law and order. Also Read - Phones of Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh Seized by NCB
The Supreme Court on January 18 threw out the ban imposed on the film by four Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states, paving the way for the nationwide release on January 25 of the film. (Also read: Ban Padmaavat or Give us Permission to End Life, Say Rajput Women) Also Read - NCB Interrogation in Drug Case: Sources Say Deepika Padukone Broke Down Thrice During Questioning
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had said that the state government would approach the top court to stop the release of the controversial film. “We would once again knock on the apex court’s doors,” Chouhan had said.
On Sunday, at least 200 Rajput women took out a “jauhar swabhimaan” rally in Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh town and ratcheted up the pressure with memorandums to ban the film or give them permission to end their lives.
The film, which stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles, had faced opposition from various quarters, including the Rajput community, who allege that the film distorted history and tarnished the image of the legendary Queen Padmini of Chittor.
The movie, originally named Padmavati, was supposed to be released on December 1, 2017 but was held up because of the protests, and the censor board finally cleared it recently after getting the name changed to Padmaavat.
The film is based on the saga of the historic battle of 13th century between Maharaja Ratan Singh and his army of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi.