Monday, 19 February, 2018

Ban on Bollywood film lifted despite threats

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh Ranveer Singh and Deepika PadukoneTwitter
Patty Aguilar | 19 January, 2018, 12:49

Following the Supreme Court order paving the way for the nationwide release of the film "Padmaavat", Rajput Karni Sena leader Lokendra Singh Kalvi today gave a call for a "janata curfew" on January 25.

The Court also restrained any other states from issuing such a ban maintaining that they have to take care of the law and order situation and prevent untoward incidents during the screening.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Thursday stayed the notifications issued by Rajasthan and Gujarat governments banning the screening of the film.

Kalvi also said that he is going to conduct an emergency meeting following Supreme Court's green signal for 'Padmaavat's release.

In such a scenario, it is less likely that these four state governments will do much to restrict the actions of the Karni Sena. The court added that it was the duty of the state to provide security to all those persons who are going to watch the film. Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said the state will abide by the Supreme Court's decision. The representative have also asked the "Central Government to pass a direction to the states for a better and an effective step and solution". However, the top court has issued an order striking down all the bans on the film.

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Congress communications incharge Randeep Surjewala said the decision of the highest court of the land was final and binding.

The lawyer has sought cancellation of the U/A certificate granted by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to Deepika Padukone starrer "Padmaavat" on various grounds including the provisions of the Cinematograph Act.

The court said it was the responsibility of the state governments to keep law and order, and that they can not find short cuts as far as doing their job is concerned.

Padmaavat was originally meant to be released as Padmaavati but the Indian censor board's refusal to approve the film coupled with the violent protests by right-wing Hindutva brigade in parts of BJP-governed states delayed its release.

The bench has posted the matter for further hearing in March. If states start banning the screening of a film cleared by CBFC then it would be "destructive of the federal arrangement".

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