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SC Dismisses Rajasthan And Madhya Pradesh Govt's Plea To Ban Padmaavat Release

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| January 23 , 2018 , 12:17 IST

Once again, Supreme Court has refused to acknowledge the plea filed by the state governments of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to ban the release of Padmaavat in their respective territories. In a welcome decision, the Apex judiciary has asked the authorities to abide by the duties.

Chastising the petitioners including the Rajput fringe group Karni Sena, a petition of which was also dismissed by the court, SC clarified that there won't be any exceptions to the earlier decision taking by the supreme authorities. The Apex Court demanded that their order is followed by one and all.

Notably, Supreme Court has overruled the ban imposed by 4 BJP-ruled states on the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus citing, "all states are constitutionally obliged to maintain law and order and prevent any untoward incident during the screening of the film across India, a permission granted by CBFC."

However, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan government failed to abide by the orders and again approached the judiciary which didn't sit well with the Supreme Court. Pulling up the governments for their failure to follow its orders, the court said, "States can't show helplessness in maintaining law and order."

Supreme Court clarified that the film will release throughout the nation and if somebody is unwilling to watch the film then they are free to not. Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha was also not saved from the court's wrath as they were suggested to educate their workers.

The fringe groups have been pressing that the film distorts the glorifying history of Rajput community but seems to have failed in acknowledging the disclaimer which the makers added due to CBFC's suggestion. The disclaimer clarifies that "Padmaavat doesn't claim to portray history".

Padmaavat was recently granted a U/A certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification after the makers incorporated the suggested modifications including changing the title from Padmavati to Padmaavat. With the runtime of 2 hours and 43 minutes, Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial will enjoy a single film release in theatres.

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.