Bhansali Productions urges Karni Sena to observe film

Monday, 22 Jan, 2018

Though, founder of Rajput Karni Sena Lokendra Singh Kalvi rejected Bhansali's invitation describing it a "drama", he said that he might see the film on a condition that his advise would be accepted and the film would be shown to all those people who were not shown earlier.

The movie, whose December 1 release was postponed in the face of protests and opposition from right-wing Hindu groups, will now hit screens across India on January 25.

This comes even as Chouhan-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state has chose to appeal against Supreme Court order which paved the way for pan-India release of the film. The BJP government in Rajasthan will be filing a review petition in Supreme Court against its order to allow the release of the film, state Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria confirmed on Saturday after a meeting with members of Karni Sena, which is opposing the film's release.

Rajasthan and Gujarat governments had issued formal orders and notifications while Haryana and Madhya Pradesh had stated they would not allow the exhibition of the film but had not issued any formal order.

"Creative freedom, freedom of speech and expression can't be guillotined. artistic freedom has to be protected", the SC said. They have, however, turned it down and again asked for a ban on the film. He said that the decision to purchase the rights could have been taken after the Supreme Court's order but sentiments of Rajasthan are associated with the film so he preferred to go out on holiday rather than purchasing the rights.

The censor board had, after much deliberation, given a green signal to the film after asking the makers to make five modifications in the movie.

The advocate attempted to use the threats issued by fringe groups against screening of the film to project a law and order problem across the country.

Despite the ruling, critics of the film have vowed to continue their protests and called on the central government to stall its release. "Let it be released... a movie might not be so successful at the box office and people might not go to watch it, but its exhibition can not be prohibited like this", it said.

The organization also warned theater owners not to screen the movie.

But Dipak Misra, India's chief justice, said that states can not prohibit the screening of films that have been cleared by the federal government's Central Board of Film Certification.

In the form of states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana, Padmavati received a shocker even after the name of the film is changed to "Padmavat". "To protect the people from vandalism because of the protest, I believe we should take this step", he added.