Supreme Court clears the release of Padmaavat, will release in all states

The Supreme Court has given a big decision on the film Padmaavat. The court ordered that the film will release in all states on January 25.

The producers of the period film, which is to be released next week, had gone to the court against the ban by four states – Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

Well now, the Supreme Court has cleared Sanjay Leela Bhanshali’s Padmaavat and suspended the ban orders by four states. A bench of the SC also restrained all states from banning the Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor starrer.

On Wednesday, a bench of the SC comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud considered the submission of the counsel of Viacom 18 and other producers of the film that the plea be heard urgently as the movie was set for all-India release on January 25.

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Governments of Haryana, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand have declared that they will not allow screening of the movie, which also stars Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles.

The Haryana government, at a recent cabinet meeting, decided to ban the movie in the state.

The producers moved the top court through senior lawyer Harish Salve and advocate Mahesh Agarwal and submitted, in a petition, that the movie has undergone changes including in its title as suggested by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

Asserting that the film has been cleared by the CBFC, the plea said the states cannot impose a blanket ban on a film and its screening can be suspended in a particular area or areas on account of law and order problem, not across the states.

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