Supreme Court gives green signal to Padmaavat, suspends ban by four BJP ruled states


New Delhi, Jan 18:  The Supreme Court has cleared Sanjay Leela Bhanshali’s Padmaavat and suspended the ban orders by four states.

A bench of the SC also restrained all states from banning the Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor starrer.

On Wednesday, a bench of the SC comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud considered the submission of the counsel of Viacom 18 and other producers of the film that the plea be heard urgently as the movie was set for all-India release on January 25.

If states are banning a film, then it is destroying federal structure. It is a serious matter. If somebody has a problem,then he or she can approach appellate tribunal for relief. State can’t touch the content of a film, said Harish Salve representing Padmaavat producers of  in SC.

Earlier on Wednesday, the producers of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat have moved the Supreme Court against the film being banned in four states after receiving a clearance from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana governments have banned the movie saying its release may pose law and order problems.

Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles, the film is based on Mohammad Jayasi’s poem Padmavat. Protests raged across India against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial for allegedly distorting history, a charge the film’s makers have vehemently denied.

When the producers’ counsel Mahesh Agrawal, mentioned the matter on Wednesday before a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and sought an expeditious hearing, the Chief Justice nodded but did not say anything.

Mahesh Agrawal was flanked by senior counsel Harish Salve, who is likely to argue the petition when it is listed before the court.

“Padmaavat” has been caught in a row over alleged distortion of facts — a contention over which some Rajput organisations including Karni Sena have demanded a nationwide ban on the film. The Central Board of Film Certification had approved the film with some modifications in December.

In November last year, the Supreme Court had dismissed a plea against release of the movie — earlier titled “Padmavati” — outside India.

The top court had on November 28, 2017 deprecated the people discussing the issue in public and critically commenting on “Padmavati”.

“When the matter is pending before the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for grant of a certificate, nobody holding a responsible position should comment as it would amount to violation of the principle of the rule of law”, the court had said on November 28.

Taking exception to comments by the political leaders cutting across the political spectrum, the court had said: “When a matter is pending for consideration before CBFC, how can persons in public authority comment on whether CBFC should issue certificate or not? It will prejudice the decision of CBFC,” the court had added.

The top court had earlier rejected a plea for blocking the release of “Padmavati” — as it was titled before the CBFC asked its producer to drop “i” in the title.

Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana were among the states that had announced they will not let the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial hit the screens. And now as per SC green signal it will release in all states on January 25.


Slated to hit theatres on January 25, Padmaavat is now set for a box office clash with Akshay Kumar’s PadMan.


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