SC dismisses fresh plea seeking to stall Padmavati's release overseas

Emilio Banks
November 29, 2017

The court also took "serious note of statements made by persons holding power or high office about the movie" and said it is tantamount to pre-judging it.

Taking exception to people holding official positions making adverse comments about the film "Padmavati", a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud said: "We are governed by the rule of law".

Dismissing the petition to stay the release of film overseas, the court said it is for the CBFC to take the call on the movie. "That will prejudice the decision of the CBFC".

The release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial film Padmavati has become trouble for the makers of the film, initially, the film was supposed to release on 1st December 2017 but now it has been postponed for the next year 2018. Vijay Rupani, the CM of Gujarat was the first to ban the movie in the state, citing the reason of law and order.

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Sharma is seeking direction to delete certain objectionable scenes from the movie.

The irked bench, however, did not impose a cost on Sharma keeping in view the fact that he has been a practising lawyer of the apex court.

There are certain people from the Rajput community and they believe that if they allow the movie "Padmavati" to get released then it would be a great damage to the social harmony. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Adityanath accused Bhansali of playing with public sentiments as a habit. There were rumours that Bhansali had added a dream sequence between Ranveer Singh who played Alauddin Khilji and Deepika Padukone who played Rani Padmini.

Viacom18, the producers of Padmavati, deferred the film's release in light of increasing protests and threats.

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