The Supreme Court on 23 January 2018 paved the way for screening of Bollywood film ‘Padmaavat’ by rejecting the pleas of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh governments and the Karni Sena which sought a ban on the release of the film. The three-judge bench refused to modify its January 18, 2018 order of lifting ban on the release of the film by states. The court had directed that no state government would issue orders banning release of ‘Padmaavat’ on January 25, 2018.
Few states including Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh claimed that Section 6 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 empowers them to stop exhibition of any controversial movie on the grounds of possible violation of law and order. ‘Padmaavat’, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, is scheduled to release on January 25. Along with Bhansali, the film is co-produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures.
Violence against release of ‘Padmaavat':-
As the date of the release of the controversial film is coming closer, there are chances of violence and destruction in some states. In fact, Rajput Karni Sena, the outfit which has been opposing the release of the movie, announced that it is prepared to stop the release of the film.