Supreme Court to hear Rajasthan, MP govts' appeals against Padmaavat release

Deepika Padukone plays Rani Padmini in Padmaavat

As the release date is approaching, there are a lot of protests happening in multiple states especially Rajasthan.

The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Madhya Pradesh government and sought a detailed reply from it within four weeks in connection with a plea filed by a legal services authority lawyer, who had appeared for a life convict, seeking a fixed jail term in cases of life imprisonment. Haryana and Madhya Pradesh governments have not issued any formal order but stated they would not allow the exhibition of the film.

Padmaavat is scheduled for release on Thursday.

"The state law department as well as the advocate general has examined the supreme court verdict directing to lift ban on the film".

Bhansali's Rs 150-crore movie is based on Padmavat, a poem written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi about 500 years ago, which gives an account of a legendary Rajput queen of Chittor choosing to kill herself rather than be captured by invading Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji.

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The magnum opus features Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles.

"If someone decides not to screen the film, it will be good but if someone screens the film, they will be provided security." said Khattar. The producers of the film deny this.

Meanwhile, two bodies which have been protesting against the film - Shree Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena and Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha, also moved the apex court seeking their impleadment as parties, opposing its release on grounds including that it hurt the sentiments of the community. The court has agreed to hear the petitions later on Monday.

On the other hand, violence and arson erupted in parts of BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Haryana on Monday ahead of the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period drama as the Karni Sena on Monday warned of "enormous outburst of people" if the movie was released.

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