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Padmavati row: Supreme Court refuses to interfere, says matter is to be dealt only by CBFC

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to interfere in the matter regarding the release of upcoming film 'Padmavati.'

Published: 20th November 2017 08:10 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st November 2017 08:54 AM   |  A+A-

Supreme Court of India | PTI

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay the release of the film ‘Padmavati’, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and said it would not ‘pre-judge’ the matter that was the prerogative of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

Dismissing the petition, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Mistra said it was premature for the court to decide the fate of the movie. The plea had sought a stay on the release of the movie, that stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, deletion of certain alleged objectionable scenes and initiation of criminal prosecution against the director.

“Can the Supreme Court intervene to stop a movie? The CBFC has a statutory duty. Can this court injunct a statutory board from doing its duty?” the bench asked petitioner advocate M L Sharma.

“We have been apprised that the film has not yet received the CBFC certification. In view of this, our interference in this writ petition will tantamount to pre-judging, which we are not inclined to do,” the bench said. It also struck off some paragraphs from the plea, saying pleadings in a court are not meant to create any kind of disharmony in society.

During the arguments, Sharma told the court that the movie portrays Queen Padmavati in a bad light and “Padmavati was a warrior and not a dancer as shown in the film.”

Sharma also asked the bench to order the filmmaker to withdraw full songs and a promo of the movie if it has not attained CBFC certification.

Appearing for the movie’s makers, senior advocate Harish Salve told the bench that the movie is before the CBFC’s examination committee and that it was a work of fiction. Salve further said that releasing songs and promos does not need prior approval.

Marred by controversies, the makers had on Sunday deferred the movie’s release, which was originally scheduled on December 1.

The movie’s set was vandalised during shootings in Jaipur and Kolhapur. Bhansali was also heckled by members of Karni Sena during the Jaipur shoot.

Last week, the Karni Sena had threatened to “chop off the nose” of Deepika Padukone, who is playing the title role in the film. Padukone and Bhansali have been given state security following threats against them.

Punjab

No right to twist facts, says Amarinder Singh
“Cinematic licence does not give anyone the right to twist historical facts... Those whose feeling are hurt by distortion of facts have the right to protest,” said Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

Karnataka

Police protection for Deepika’s parents
The state govt provided police cover at Deepika Padukone’s  parents’ residence in Bengaluru. After a BJP leader from Haryana announced a J10 cr bounty on Deepika, CM Siddaramaiah targeted the party over the issue

Madhya Pradesh

Ban on film if it distorts facts, says CM Chouhan
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the film would not be allowed to be screened in the state if it contained scenes “breaching the honour” of the Rajput queen or portrays “distorted facts”



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