New Delhi (Sputnik) — One of the most controversial Indian films of recent times "Padmaavat" is set to be released in theatres across India after the country's apex court stepped in to stay the ban imposed by six states.
Hearing a plea filed by the makers of the film, the Supreme Court of India ordered that all states are constitutionally obliged to ensure the safety and security of citizens and public property during the screening of the film.
Supreme Court, in its interim order said, all states are constitutionally obliged to maintain law and order and prevent any untoward incident during the screening of the film across India, a permission granted by CBFC. #Padmaavat— ANI (@ANI) January 18, 2018
At the same time, the Karni Sena has warned that the Supreme Court will be responsible for the violence that is likely to erupt with the screening of the film.
"We will not allow releasing the film Padmaavat in any case. We will burn the cinema halls if Padmaavat will be screened there," Jeevan Singh Solanki, Secretary of National Karni Sena, told Sputnik.
Ye antim chetaawni hai usko iss baar khamiyaza bhugatna padega. Maharani Padmavati hamari aan baan shaan ki pratik hai aur agar Chhattisgarh mein film laga to iska khamiaza bhugatna padega. Jahan #Padmaavat chalega wo cinema ghar jalega: Protester pic.twitter.com/qUGsYHymCL— ANI (@ANI) January 18, 2018
Based on Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi's book with the same name, film "Padmaavat" is a story of Mughal emperor Alauddin Khalji and Rajput Queen Padmavati of Chittor in Rajasthan. The film ran into trouble right from the beginning, when the filming started. Representatives of the Rajput Hindu clan, spearheaded by the Karni Sena, vandalized the sets of the film in Rajasthan and issued death threats to producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actress Deepika Padukone, who plays the protagonist.