On thursday, the Supreme court set aside the notification passed by the states of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat against the release of Sanjay Leena Bhansali’s directoral Padmavat. While on wednesday the producers of the film, had moved the Supreme Court challenging the ban on its screening by four states across the country.
Senior advocate Harish Salve, representing the film’s producers, told the Supreme Court that the states banning the film were “destroying the federal structure”, ANI reported. “If somebody has a problem, then he or she can approach appellate tribunal for relief,” Salve told the court. “The state cannot touch the content of a film. We request the central government to pass a direction to the states for a better and an effective step and solution.”
The apex court has also restrained any other state from issuing similar notifications and orders prohibiting screening of “Padmaavat”.
In the producers plea to SC, they asked what is the right to those four state governments to ban the film even after apex court’s order that film’s screening can only be suspended in a particular area if there is a law and order situation developing.
Reiterating the same event, the members of several Rajput factions have accused Bhansali of distorting history. The ANI reported, Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles, the film is based on the 16th century Sufi poet Mohammad Jayasi’s poem Padmavat and the film is all set for a worldwide January 25 release in Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil, and will be the first Indian film to get a global IMAX 3D release.
The bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, ordered in favour of the Padmaavat makers and the bench also consists of Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, says, “Creative freedom, freedom of speech and expression can’t be guillotine… artistic freedom has to be protected,”
The NDTV paraphrased as Misra saying, “If you go by the arguments against films, I have no hesitation in saying 60% of classical literature cannot be read,”