Padmavat: The Rajasthan High Court said that it will not allow the release of the film before watching it. It said on Friday amid the building pressure of Rajputs to not release the film. Justice Sandeep Mehta said that he will not allow the release of the film before watching it.
Director of this controversial film Sanjay Leela Bhansali also requested to trash the FIR lodged against him at Didwana in Merta in March last year (when the film was about to release). His point to safeguard himself from the clutches of legalities is that the plea had the subject matter as ‘Padmavati’. Now, the movie’s name is changed to ‘Padmavat’. The plea has perhaps become inoperative. “We prayed to the court to allow us to release the film in Rajasthan,” the petitioner’s counsel, Nishant Bora said.
“We sought some time from the court in order to take instructions from the petitioner and arrange the screening of the film. Allowing our plea, the court adjourned the hearing of the petition till January 23,” Bora added.
Justice Sandeep Mehta, who refused to allow the release of the film requested the authorities to arrange for a movie screening for the petitioner’s council in the court.
As far as the FIR is concerned, it was filed with the Didwana police in March, 2017. The FIR was lodged by two complainants namely Virendra Singh and Nagpal Singh. The complainants also included actors Deepika and Ranveer in the FIR along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
After Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) watched the film, it suggested the authorities to change the name to ‘Padmavat’ and also asked for five major changes.
As far as other Indian cities are treating the matter, it is Goa which has given a nod to the film. If “Padmavat” has been given a censor certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), the Goa government does not have a problem to screen it in cinema halls, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said. Contrarily, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat are firm towards now allowing the film without watching it.