In what can be termed as victory for Team Padmaavat, the Supreme Court has ordered that states cannot ban the film starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures had knocked on the doors of Supreme Court for lifting the ban imposed by various states – Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana -- on their upcoming magnum opus.
Shahid Kapoor In Padmaavat
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud considered the submission of the counsel of the producer that the matter be heard urgently in view of the ban on its release by various state governments.
Talking of banning Padmaavat, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje had stated, “The movie will not be screened in any cinema hall in the state. Rani Padmini’s sacrifice is associated with honour, esteem and pride of the state, so Rani Padmini is not merely a history chapter for us, but is our self-esteem. We will not allow her dignity to be hurt howsoever.”
Deepika Padukone In Padmaavat
Stating that the decision was taken to “respect the emotions of public in the state”, Raje instructed Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria to ensure that the film is not screened in the state.
The Gujarat government issues a circular among all state departments and asked to ensure that the film isn't screened anywhere across the state.
We are sure the film’s team has heaved a huge sigh of relief.
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