The Supreme Court rejected a petition on Monday seeking the deletion of alleged objectionable scenes from ‘Padmavati’, terming it “premature”. The petition was filed by a lawyer, who sought the top court’s intervention in the matter. However, the SC junked the plea, saying, “We cannot interfere with CBFC’s work.”
The filmmakers also could not find any luck with the Censor Board, who denied their request to expedite the clearance process for Padmavati. CBFC said the movie will be reviewed and certified as per set norms of following a chronological order of all applications.
Meanwhile, even after the makers of ‘Padmavati’, Viacom 18, deferred the release of the historical drama following nation-wide protests on Sunday, the voices against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali magnum-opus refused to die down a day later. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh voiced his support for the protesters and said nobody would accept the distortion of history. “Nobody will accept the distortion of history and those who are protesting are rightly doing so,” the Congress leader tweeted. His comments came soon after Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that Padmavati would not be allowed to be released in the state unless the objectionable scenes were removed. “We have been reading about the queen’s sacrifice from childhood. Distortion of history will not be tolerated,’’ he said.
Earlier in the day, National Conference leader Devender Singh Rana wrote to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and asked her not to allow release the film in the state till the film’s contents were verified.
Padmavati row highlights:
11:29 pm: Coming out in support of the movie, renowed actor Kamal Hassan took to Twitter to say that Padmavati actress Deepika Padukone’s personal safety should be respected and that extremism in any debate is deplorable. “I want Ms Deepika’s head.. saved. Respect it more than her body. Even more her freedom. Do not deny her that. Many communities have apposed my films. Extremism in any debate is deplorable. Wake up cerebral India. Time to think. We’ve said enough. Listen Ma Bharat,” he said.
7.10 pm: In a veiled reference to the ongoing protests over “Padmavati”, Shah Rukh Khan said, “Familial experience binds us all together, makes relationships stronger even in the face of dissent and discussion as it happens in a family.”
6.24 pm: “If a movie is good, it will run. If not, it will flop. It’s that simple. We should allow the release,” says Nana Patekar on Padmavati
5.03 pm: Vivaad ki jagah vichaar-vimarsh ki aavshyakta hai (Instead of controversy, there should be discussion and dialogue), says Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Prasoon Joshi
5.00 pm: Actor Shahid Kapoor, who portrays Raja Ratan Singh in the movie, says there is nothing in the film that is unacceptable. “I don’t think there is anything in the film that is unacceptable or that is not in good taste. Eventually, Padmavati will come out and in full force,” ANI quoted Kapoor as saying. “Our Constitution says that you are innocent until proven guilty. Same should be extended to Padmavati. It should not be considered guilty even before it is provided for people to judge it,” the actor said
4.50 pm: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah asks his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar to take “stringent action” against those threatening actress Deepika Padukone. The state government said security will be provided to the actress whenever she is in Bengaluru and her family, who hails from Karnataka.
4.19 pm: Supreme Court rejects a plea seeking deletion of alleged objectionable scenes from Padmavati, terming it “premature”, PTI reported. “We cannot interfere with CBFC’s work,” the top court said.
3.42 pm: BJP’S Chittorgarh MP CP Joshi writes to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, requesting him to allow Padmavati’s release only after it has been shown to members of Mewar’s royal family and historians. He also said the film be banned if they objected to it after the screening.
3.00 pm: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lent her support to the film and described such protests as an attempt to curb the freedom of expression. “The Padmavati controversy is not only unfortunate but also a calculated plan of a political party to destroy the freedom to express ourselves. We condemn this super emergency. All in the film industry must come together and protest in one voice,” she tweeted
2.30 pm: National Conference leader writes to J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti asking her not to allow Padmavati’s release in the state.
2. 25pm: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh backs the protesters. “Nobody will accept the distortion of history and those who are protesting are rightly doing so,” the Congress leader tweeted.
2.20 pm: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said Padmavati won’t be allowed to release in the state after meeting several members of the Rajput community, who submitted a memorandum seeking a ban on the Deepika Padukone starrer. “We have been reading about the queen’s sacrifice from childhood. Distortion of history will not be tolerated,’’ ANI quoted Chouhan as saying and added that unless the objectionable scenes were removed he would not let the film be released across the state. He also announced that a memorial will be built for the queen.
1.40 pm: Censor Board denies makers’ request to expedite the clearance process for Padmavati. “Central Board of Film Certification turns down the application by makers of Padmavati seeking to expedite certification process of the movie,” ANI tweeted. CBFC said the movie will be reviewed and certified as per set norms by following a chronological order of all applications.