The Supreme Court has lifted a ban imposed by four states — Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana — on the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat.
A day after the Supreme Court paved the way for nationwide release of Padmaavat, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday said the advocate general has been asked to study the order before taking a decision on its screening in the state.
“We have told the state advocate general to study the Supreme Court order. After this, we will see if we have to say something in the honourable apex court. We have not taken any decision so far,” Chouhan told reporters.
On Thursday, the apex court stayed the orders and notifications issued by the Rajasthan and Gujarat governments prohibiting the screening of the controversial movie, clearing the decks for a nationwide release.
The Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, is scheduled for release on January 25. It ran into controversy as Hindu groups protested against its release, saying it distorts history and presents the Rajput community in a poor light.
The SC bench headed by chief justice Dipak Misra also restrained other states from issuing such notifications or orders prohibiting the exhibition of the film. The bench, also comprising justices AM Khanwilkar and DY 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 SC bench said in its interim order.
No formal order prohibiting the release of the film were issued by the Madhya Pradesh government.
However, Chouhan had recently indicated that the film Padmaavat will not be allowed to be released in his state.
Source: Hindustan Times