NEW DELHI: The producers of Padmaavat have moved Supreme Court after six states have said they will not allow the film to be released. The top court has agreed to hear the plea of producers. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud considered the submission of producer’s counsel that the matter be heard urgently after the ban on its release by various state governments. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat is scheduled to be released on January 25.
The Allahabad High Court yesterday issued a contempt notice to Central Board of Film Certification Chairperson Prasoon Joshi in connection with a petition against Padmavaat. The petitioner had filed a Public Interest Litigation in November 2017, seeking a ban on the film for allegedly promoting Sati – the practice of a widow immolating herself in her husband’s funeral pyre.
Bhansali’s film ran into another round of trouble with Haryana joining five other states banning the film. The Health Minister of Haryana tweeted, “Film Padmavati/Padmavat banned in Haryana”. Apart from Haryana; Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand have decided not allow the release of Padmaavat.