Padmaavat to release across India, Supreme Court says; states asked to do their jobs, ensure law and order
Padmaavat will release all across India, the Supreme Court said today as it quashed all pleas seeking a ban on the Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie, which has been in an eye of a storm over claims that it distorts history demeans the honour of the famed Rajput queen, Rani Padmini.
The governments of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, which had earlier banned Padmaavat's release, approached the Supreme Court yesterday asking it to modify its earlier order that had overturned the states' bans.
States cannot give impetus to fringe groups and must maintain law and order, the Supreme Court observed today while quashing the pleas to review its order. The states, while seeking a modification of the initial Supreme Court order, had raised the issue of law and order.
The implication was that allow Padmaavat's release might lead to violent protests, and thus disrupt law and order.
Advocate Tushar Mehta, appearing for Rajasthan, said the Supreme Court must allow a ban on the release of Padmaavat in order to ensure public order. In response, a CJI Dipak Misra-led Supreme Court bench, which is hearing the matter, pulled him up and said the states have a duty to maintain law and order.
The Supreme Court also observed that the Censor Board, which has cleared the Deepika Padukone-starrer with a U/A certificate, has done its jobs. "We are not historians and the movie doesn't claim to be the accurate representation of history," the Supreme Court also observed
With the Supreme Court decision today, the decks are clear for Padmaavat to release on Thursday. The Shri Rajput Karni Sena, which has been vehemently opposing the release of Padmaavat, has threatened to burn down theatres screening the film.
However, yesterday, the Rajput group appeared to back down saying it has "accepted" director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's offer to watch Padmaavat ahead of its release.
"We have received a letter saying that we want you to watch the film. Bhansali may be expecting that we will refuse, but we are accepting his offer. We are ready to watch," Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi said yesterday.