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If 'Bandit Queen' Can Be Released, Why Not 'Padmaavat', Says Supreme Court

 New Delhi,Jan 18(The Fast Mail):-"When bandit queen can be released, why not this movie?" questioned Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, referring to the controversial 1994 movie based on the life of dacoit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi.

The film will be released on January 25.But before the release some statesw including Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh had challenged it not make released . The top court said it is the responsibility of the states to ensure peace.

"Padmaavat" cannot be banned by states on grounds of risk to public order, the Supreme Court ruled today on the film that at least four states refused to screen over fierce protests by Rajput groups.

"A film may bomb at the box office or people may choose to not watch it, but states cannot use their machinery to prohibit its exhibition citing risk to public order," said the judges.

The producers, Bhansali Productions and Viacom18 Motion Pictures, had referred to a past Supreme Court order that a film cannot be banned based on anticipated law and order trouble.

 "If states are banning a film, then it destroys the federal structure. States can't touch the content of a film. If anybody has a problem, they can approach the appellate tribunal," argued senior lawyer Harish Salve on behalf of Padmaavat's producers.


Protesters led by the fringe group Karni Sena have threatened to vandalise theatres that screen the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapur and Ranveer Singh.


"Padmaavat" is inspired by a poem on Rajput Queen Padmini, a legendary beauty who chose to jump into a pyre and commit "Johar" (mass self-immolation) instead of submitting to Sultan Alauddin Khilji after he killed her husband.


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