Jaipur, February 2: The Rajasthan High Court on Friday order Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali to screen his film Padmaavat for judges in Jodhpur on February 5. The court has ordered the police to provide security. Also Read - Farmers Protest: Heavy Traffic Jam At Yamuna Expressway as Agitating Farmers Block Road
The judges would watch the film and would then decide on Bhansali’s petition. The court was hearing a petition filed by Bhansali seeking the quashing of an FIR lodged against him at Didwana in Merta in March 2017. Also Read - Farmers Protest: Police Fire Tear Gas Shells To Disperse Farmers at Singhu Border | Watch
The FIR was filed with the Didwana police in March, 2017, in which the complainants — Virendra Singh and Nagpal Singh — had sought action against Bhansali and two of the lead actors in the film, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. Also Read - Delhi Chalo: Haryana Police Appeal to Citizens to Avoid Travelling on NH 10, NH 44
Though the film was released across the country on January 25, theatre owners in Rajasthan have not screened it, fearing violence. Karni Sena and some other Rajput organisations had launched protests against the film for alleged distortion of history. Many shops, malls, vehicles were vandalised in protest against the film in Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar.
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.
The set of the movie was vandalised twice — in Jaipur and Kolhapur, while Bhansali was roughed up by members of Karni Sena in 2017. The movie was originally slated to be released on December 1, 2017.
With inputs from PTI