Jaipur, Jan 23: The Supreme Court today rejected the final attempt by Rajasthan to ban the film “Padmaavat”, which is set to be released on Thursday amid protests by Rajput groups.
“It’s an order, better abide by it. You (states) can advise people not to watch the movie,” the judges said.
Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh had urged the top court to retract its earlier order stopping states from banning the mega-budget Sanjay Leela Bhansali film. “We passed an order and our orders are required to be complied by all,” stressed Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
“People can’t come and say law and order problems, ban the movie. Let us not come to a state where the exhibition of a movie, despite certified by the censor board, is crippled,” he said.
The Karni Sena was the third petitioner to call for a ban on the film. It argued in court that “Padmaavat” distorts history and “people had been affected emotionally” by the way it depicts legendary Rajput Queen Padmini. Protesters led by the Karni Sena have blocked roads, burned buses and toll booths and even vandalized theatres over the past few months.
The Rajput Karni Sena has warned of a janta curfew if the film is released across the country.
And distributors and cinema hall owners in Rajasthan are apprehensive of the vandalism by Sena activists if they screen the film.