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'Padmaavat': Karni Sena vandalises cinema hall in Bihar's Muzaffarpur

'Padmaavat': Karni Sena vandalises cinema hall in Bihar's Muzaffarpur

Shree Rajput Karni Sena on Saturday said that it has received a letter from Bhansali Productions requesting them to set aside their "misguided grievances" and watch the film Padmaavat.

In some more good news for the makers of Padmaavat, the Supreme Court has lifted the ban on the film imposed by the four states which has paved way for a release on January 25, 2018 across the country.

This comes even as Chouhan-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state has chose to appeal against Supreme Court order which paved the way for pan-India release of the film.

"We will continue to oppose this film till our last breath", said Vijendra Singh, spokesperson of Karni Sena, the Rajput group leading the protests.

Before the SC order, the Congress had blamed the BJP government for stifling freedom of expression, but ever since the film got a nod from the apex court, the Opposition party has remained silent choosing not to take a stand ahead of the assembly election. They have, however, turned it down and again asked for a ban on the film.

Trade expert Komal Nahta said the judgement was "a tight slap on the faces of the states which banned the film".

The CBFC had on December 30, 2017 given Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavati" a UA certificate and suggested the director to change the film's title to "Padmaavat".

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Harish Salve, a lawyer representing the movie's producers, said the states "cannot ban screening to appease their political constituency". CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi had told IANS that no cuts have been ordered by the board.

Fiction film featuring a Hindu queen and a Muslim ruler to screen after court rejects right-wing groups' challenge. In the past too multiplexes in the states refrained to show Fanna and Parzania movies over controversies at the time of release of these two films.

Deepika Padukone in "Padmaavat".

Choksi who resides in Madhya Pradesh, says the silence of the state and the central government is making people wary of watching the film.

Bhansali also noted that film fraternity will be really proud of Akshay for this gesture.

The movie, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles, is based on the saga of historic battle of 13th century between Maharaja Ratan Singh and his army of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi. "As a mark of respect to the Republic Day on 26 January, we are not calling for a bandh, now we are calling for a Janta curfew", he said.

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