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Padmaavat Row Continues... No Entry For CBFC Chief Prasoon Joshi In Rajasthan, Bellows Karni Sena

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| January 19 , 2018 , 14:20 IST

The makers of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus 'Padmaavat' sighed in relief when Supreme Court ruled out the release ban imposed by four BJP-ruled states on the film. However, same doesn't seem to be the case of Central Board of Film Certification Chairperson Prasoon Joshi.

Joshi is scheduled to attend the Jaipur Literature Festival in Rajasthan, which starts from January 25 but the Rajput fringe group, Karni Sena has refused to allow him an entry in the state. The independent organisation has been leading mass protests against the film's release for a long time.

Enraged by the Censor Board's clearance to a film which represents the warrior queen of Chittore Rani Padmini in a bad light, Karni Sena is taking extreme steps to warm the authorities against Padmaavat's release which they have warned could take a deadly turn.

Karni Sena's member Sukhdev Singh has been leading the protests against Padmaavat. Talking about their latest strategy to stop the film's release, he said, "We won't allow Prasoon Joshi to enter Rajasthan. The moment he steps into the airport, we will follow him and we will protest."

Following the Supreme Court's decision to remove the ban imposed on film's release by the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh, Karni Sena vandalized a theatre in Bihar and blocked a road in Rajasthan. The group also plans to file a review petition on Supreme Court's decision and approach the President to "ban the film across India", if not heard.

The Supreme Court also refused to acknowledge a plea filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma claiming that the certificate issued by CBFC to Padmaavat was illegal. Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra headed three-judge bench said, "The Court has to function as a constitutional court and it has already yesterday in its interim order said that states can’t block a movie from screening."

Karni Sena has earlier threatened the authorities by Jauhar (self-immolation) of over 1,000 women in Chittorgarh on January 24. Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi has also called for a 'Janata curfew' on December 25 to protest against the film's release stating, "Not only Rajputs but all communities in the country are opposing this film."

Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor starrer Padmaavat revolve around the queen Padmini of Chittore, her husband Rawal Ratan Singh and the adversities they face while fighting the tyrant ruler Alauddin Khilji. With the runtime of 2 hours and 43 minutes, the film will hit the theatres on January 25, 2018.