New Delhi, Jan 20: Controversial Fringe Group Rajput Karni Sena on Saturday claimed that Director of Padmaavat Sanjay Leela Bhansali has invited its members to watch the film. The members of the group and Bhansali have been at loggerheads after the outfit alleged that the film shows the fictitious character of Padmavati, also revered in the community, in poor light.

The tensions escalated further when state governments of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) decided to ban the film. However, the ban was lifted by the Supreme Court in its order on January 18 this month.

Miffed after the order, Sena Chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi urged people to impose a curfew on theatres across the country.“I appeal to the social outfits across the country to not let Padmavati run. People should impose a curfew on cinema halls,” said Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi. Echoing similar sentiments, former BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu said the releasing the film will result in breaking up of India.

Supreme Court on Thursday lifted the ban on Padmaavat after hearing the plea filed by the producers of the film. The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, observed that the states are obliged to maintain law and order. “We direct that there shall be a stay of operation on the notification and orders issued and we also restrain other states from issuing such notifications or orders in this matter,” the bench said in its interim order.