Supreme Court not to stay Padmavati release

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Padmavati row: Supreme Court dismisses petition seeking a ban on film's release

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the petition seeking a stay on the release of movie “Padmavati“, saying that the Censor Board should take an independent view.

An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra refused to entertain a plea seeking a stay of the release of the film after it enquired at the outset as to whether or not the Censor Board had issued a certification for the movie. The petition also requested setting up of a committee of eminent historians to check the script to prevent any inaccuracy in the portrayal of Padmavati, and that the film should not be released until the inaccuracies, if any, were corrected.

Judges in court said that it was up to the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) to decide whether the film should release on 1st December 2017. The petitioner Kamta Prasad Singhal had pleaded that under the Sati (Prevention) Act, the practice was banned and even its propagation was banned and made punishable. I have always been inspired by Rani Padmavati’s story and this film salutes her valour and sacrifice. Declining to go into the merits of the matter, the bench said the petitioner has another forum where he could appeal for his grievance.

Apart from Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, “Padmavati” also feature Jim Sharb and Aditi Rao Hydari in pivotal roles.

Previously, Padmavati team while during the making of the film was attacked by fringe groups a couple of months back during film’s shooting in Rajasthan.

People from Rajput community slam Sanjay Leela Bhansali for hurting their sentiments. They also destroyed the sets in Kolhapur and set costumes on fire. Earlier on Thursday, Mewar royal family expressed that they were upset from Padmavati makers as due to the controversy surrounded with the film, their family name was being misused.

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