Padmaavat: Bikes set ablaze in Gujarat; theatres refuse to screen film

Posted January 24, 2018

Despite the Supreme Court on Tuesday refusing to modify its earlier order to allow Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat to be screened in cinema halls across the country, it is unlikely to be released in Rajasthan on Thursday. Court has even lifted ban made on the Padmaavat screening in four states and ordered to provide police protection for its safe release across all the states in India.

In Porbandar, Mahatama Gandhi's birthplace, Kalvi said that when so many people from all walks of life were standing firm against the film, it will be a "huge insult for all of us" if it releases on January 25.

Kalvi also said if law-and-order situation arises in various states, Bhansali should be held responsible for it.

Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments had filed plea seeking modification in the apex court's order, which had paved the way for the release of the controversial film.

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Sangharsh Samiti convenor Giriraj Singh Lotwara said the Rajput community would stage demonstrations all over the State. The 6 member panel has decided that they will watch the movie only after given a full proof security by the state government. The movie has gotten great online reception, and if it is allowed to release smoothly, it could do great business. "The Supreme Court in its order has not prevented anyone to raise their protest against the film. We are free to take our own decision and will protest against the screening of the film".

Be as it might, the producers Viacom 18 and Bhansali can breathe a sigh of relief and now release the film on schedule without fear of a backlash. At many places in the State, Sena activists took out protest marches and asked theatre owners not to screen the film.

"Following imposition of Section 144, there is prohibition on presence of people carrying firearms and other articles capable of causing injury, raising slogans and exhibiting placards within 200 meters radius of the cinema halls and multiplexes from January 23 to January 28", Singh said.

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