On Monday, States of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have moved the Supreme Court seeking recall of its January 18 order by which controversial Bollywood movie 'Padmaavat' was allowed to be released in theatres across India on January 25.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud agreed to hear on Tuesday the interim applications of both the states seeking modification of the apex court order allowing exhibition of the movie.
The states claimed that section 6 of the Cinematograph Act empowers them to stop exhibition of any controversial movie on the grounds of possible violation of law and order.
Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Viacom 18 the producers of the Deepika Padukone-starrer, opposed urgent hearing on any such interim applications.
The court, however, agreed to hear the applications on Tuesday.
Previously the SC had stayed the ban on the movie and had paved a way for the worldwide release of ‘Padmaavat’ on January 25th.
The apex court also restrained other states from issuing any such notification or order banning the screening of the movie.
‘Padmaavat’ has been a bone of contention between Rajput groups and the makers. The movie has been a part of volatile protests since its inception. The movie has been facing violent protests by the fringe group, Shri Rajput Karni Sena who blame the director and lead actors of insulting their community and tarnishing important historical figures. The movie makers have said that the screenplay is based on Mohammad Jayasi’s poem Padmavat and it’s a true adaptation.
Originally titled Padmavati, the film's name was changed to Padmaavat as suggested by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The CBFC recently cleared the film for release with U/A certificate and a set of five modifications.
‘Padmavat’ stars Deepika Padukone in the titular role of Rani Padmini. Shahid Kapoor will play Rana Rawal Ratan Singh, the 42nd ruler of Mewar and husband of Padmini. Ranveer Singh will essay the role of Alauddin Khilji. And Aditi Rao Hydari will play the wife of Alauddin Khilji.
The film tells the story of Rani Padmavati, the legendary Mewar queen known as much for her beauty and intelligence as she was for her courage; her husband Maharawal Ratan Singh, a glorious Rajput ruler and a warrior king who fought until his dying breath to defend his kingdom and his wife’s honour; and Sultan Alauddin Khilji, an ambitious and obsessive invader, who left no stone unturned in his pursuit of Padmavati.
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the movie is produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Sanjay Leela Bhansali production.