Multiplex Association of India bans 'Padmaavat' display in four states

'Padmaavat' row: Rajasthan, MP govt move to SC seeking reconsideration on lifting ban

The Supreme Court on January 23, ordered the Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh government to screen the film "Padmaavat".

Supreme Court of India had overturned a ban imposed by several states on the release of a Bollywood epic about a mythical Hindu queen. Despite the court ruling, theatre owners in the two states, which are among India's biggest film markets, said they were wary of releasing the film without more explicit support from their state governments.

Violence stirred in Haryana's Gurugram as protestors restricted the movement of vehicles across the road and also torched a bus and pelted stones at Sohna Road.

Millions of people came to watch the film on Friday despite acts of violence in six states, with mobs targeting cinema theatres and malls.

Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama yesterday announced that schools and colleges will remain open today as a majority of the Rajput bodies had agreed not to join the bandh, after theatre owners in the state declined to screen "Padmaavat". Last but not the least, they don't even spare children and attack them mercilessly by throwing rocks at them. The only arrests were those of 18 people allegedly involved in Wednesday's attack on a school bus in Gurgaon, which triggered a national outrage. A cellphone video showed teachers and students cowering on the bus floor as shards of broken glass from the windows filled the seats. The lawyer now says in the fresh plea that the contents regarding the film, which were ordered to be struck off from his plea, have been depicted in the movie and hence, they should also be removed. However, there were paid previews of the film available across Indian theaters on the evening of 24th January.

The Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed Padmaavat is based on the saga of a 13th century battle between Maharaja Ratan Singh of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji. The Sena succeeded in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana because the governments in those states abdicated their duty of protecting the freedom of expression of the film maker and the duty of maintaining law and order. "We have decided not to play the film in four states Rajasthan, Gujarat, MP and Goa - as the local management has told us that the law and order situation is not conducive", Deepak Asher, president of the association said. Madhya Pradesh had made statements that they intend to ban the screening of the movie in theatres.

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