SC to hear Rajasthan, MP's appeals against Padmaavat release

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The Supreme Court last week overturned a ban on the film's release that had been imposed by several states, saying it violated creative freedoms.

"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.

He said the organisation had called for a shutdown across the country on January 25 to protest against the film's screening.

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.

Shri Rajput Karni Sena Spokesperson Vijendra Singh said that the body will approach cinema hall owners across India in the next three days to request them not to screen the Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie.

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BJpruling Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh Governments on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking modification in its earlier order to lift a ban on the controversial flick "Padmaavat" in four states. The producers of the film deny this.

The two state governments want the apex court to modify its ruling while claiming that states are empowered under the Cinematograph Act to stop the screening of a movie on grounds of law and order.

Despite the order of SC, protesters have not backed down especially in Rajasthan and Gujarat. The Madhya Pradesh government has not issued any official order for banning the film so far. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, however, agreed to hear the plea on Tuesday.

Sources in chief minister's office (CMO) told this newspaper on Sunday that the draft review petition has been prepared by the state law department and would be filed in the apex court in a day or two.

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