SC to hear Rajasthan, MP govts' pleas on Tuesday against Padmaavat release


Furthermore, Karni Sena - the group which led the protest against the historical period drama - has also asked the SC to ban the movie since the makers have allegedly twisted historical facts.

The urgent petitions, which the Supreme Court will hear today, were lodged a day after Hindu extremists set fire to buses and blocked roads in Gujarat.

On Monday, the Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh state governments moved the apex court challenging its January 18 order on Monday letting the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmaavat" on January 25th. The film's release, earlier slated for December past year, was put on hold following fierce protests by Rajput groups.

"Chief Minister of Haryana ML Khattar said " It was our duty to comply with the Supreme Court's order" he added that if someone decides not to screen the film, it will be good but if someone screens the film they will be provided security".

Earlier, the apex court refused to entertain a plea filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma who claimed that the certificate issued by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to "Padmaavat" was illegal.

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On Sunday, at least 200 Rajput women took out a "jauhar swabhimaan" rally in Rajasthan's Chittorgarh town and ratcheted up the pressure with memorandums to ban the film or give them permission to end their lives.

Protesters claim the film falsely depicts a romance between 14th-century Hindu queen Padmavati and Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji.

Lokendra Singh Kalvi, the head of Rajput Karni Sena who was in Indore on Thursday, had said that the organisation won't let theatres screen the movie. And as intense protests spread across Rajasthan, the release of the film got delayed, waiting for censor's clearance till now.

Four Indian states choose to ban the screening of notorious Bollywood movie Padmavat, however, the decision was overturned by the Supreme Court as it approved of its release.