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Indian Supreme Court bashes ‘Padmavati’ detractors

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India’s top court on Tuesday rejected a bid to block the worldwide release of ‘Padmavati’. A lawyer ML Sharma filed an appeal to delay the movie’s global release that was later rejected by the Supreme Court.

Indian Apex court said that blocking the film would pre-judge the Indian censor authority. It also pointed out that the reckless statements passed by some public office holders would prejudice Censor board’s decision ahead of its release.

In his threatening message, he urged the community members living in the UK to protest the release of the movie there.

These statements are tantamount to pre-judging the movie which is yet to be certified by the CBFC,’ said the apex court. Chief Justice Dipak Mishra who headed the bench said, such statements violate the principle of ‘Rule of Law’.

The SC termed the fresh petition as ‘misconceived’ and dismissed it. CJ was of the view that the Supreme Court refrained from making any observation, keeping in mind that CBFC has to perform its duties; people from public offices should desist from making the statement.

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It also asked CBFC to take the decision regarding the movie with utmost objectivity. The subject of the petition stated that the movie would cause severe social disharmony if released.

The protestors including the local representatives of the ruling party, few chief ministers, and leader of the cast-related group passed some ferocious statements regarding the movie.

Earlier, the protestors including the local representatives of the ruling party, few chief ministers, and leader of the cast-related group passed some ferocious statements regarding the movie.

They have been staging violent protests while local political figures announced prize money of 50 million rupees ($769,000) to anyone who “beheaded” lead actor Deepika Padukone or director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Earlier threats that were issued by the protesting group Karni Serna to burn British cinemas screening the controversial Bollywood movie, ‘Padmavati’, made headlines. The British Board of Film Classification has cleared the movie with 12A rating.

It also pointed out that the reckless statements passed by some public office holders would prejudice Censor board’s decision ahead of its release.

But the clearance of the movie caused mass outrage in India. British distributors were hence enforced to reconsider the release of the movie in the UK in fear of what some Indian immigrants might do.

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The leader from Rajput Karni Sena, Sukhdev Singh issued the threat on national television. In his threatening message, he urged the community members living in the UK to protest the release of the movie there.


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