Movie Padmavati row: Rajasthan government finds itself in a tough spot

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In a relief to makers of "Padmavati", the Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea seeking a stay on the release of the film on the grounds that it was granted a certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) after careful evaluation.

State Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said at a function in Jhunjhunu that if the committee finds scenes that hurt public sentiment, then Bhansali will be asked to remove them. Another meeting was to discuss the Supreme Court order that refused to impose any restrictions on the release of the movie, stating that it was yet to be reviewed by the censor board of film certification.

The film has been embroiled in a spate of controversies ever since its inception.

Bhansali and his team have repeatedly assured the opponents that there are no romantic scenes between Deepika and Ranveer in the film. The period drama starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, and Shahid Kapoor has been facing protests from various communal groups, including Shree Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering with historical facts. "Has the film been placed before the censor board?" The film is yet to be certified by the CBFC.

Padmavati is slated to relase on December 1.

The plea noted that the war-saga was based on the 13th century historical battle between Maharaja Ratan Singh and his army of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi.

The matter was heard by a Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices DY Chandrachud and AM Khanwilkar. The Karni Sena, had warned the director of terrible consequences on showing distorted historical facts. The Jaipur Royals said that Bhansali productions had promised during shooting to show film to them and Rajput Sabha Bhawan before releasing film's trailer and songs which they have not done. Citing the said provision, the petitioner claimed that the movie shows women committing sati and therefore, should be banned.

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