Supreme Court to hear plea against Padmavati today

Posted November 29, 2017

A still from Padmavati.

On Tuesday, the supreme court has dismissed a fresh plea which was related to the release of the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming movie titled 'Padmavati' outside India. He argued that grave damage would be done to social harmony if the movie is allowed to be released outside India, the petition argued.

The court had asked the petitioner to wait for the CBFC decision on the film.

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Manohar Lal Sharma, who was previously involved in the Nirbhaya case, and had defended the accused men, had also filed a petition seeking actions to be taken against the director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

The bench which also comprised Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud termed Sharma's plea as "misconceived", but did not impose cost on the lawyer, considering he has been a practising lawyer of the apex court, the report added.

The film is now in the black shadows and there are few chances that it will get a clear release anytime soon, despite that now the Padmavati makers have zeroed themselves to a new release date for the film. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Adityanath accused Bhansali of playing with public sentiments as a habit. Padmavati is based on the ruthless Alauddin Khilji, played by Ranveer Singh, and his attempt to capture the lovely Rani Padmini of Chittor played by Deepika Padukone.

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The film is in hot seat following protests by the Rajput community which is allegedly cast in bad light in the film and particularly in the election driven Gujarat.

Padukone swept aside all controversies connected with the film and even threw a lavish party for her friends in Bollywood prior to the film's release, which has since been postponed following simmering protests by hardliners.

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