Gujarat also bans release of 'Padmavati'

Deepika Padukone

"Till then we will not release the film anywhere", a source said.

After Vasundhara Raje, Yogi Adityanath and Shivraj Singh Chauhan, he is the fourth chief minister from a BJP-ruled state to oppose the film's release. "We believe in freedom of speech and expression but any foul play with our great culture is not tolerated", the Gujarat CM told PTI.

However, the producers of the film, Viacom 18, have indicated that the release of the film in the United Kingdom will be "in line with the India release". Facing massive opposition at home, Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie Padmavati was cleared uncut by the British censors even as the Supreme Court agreed on Thursday to hear a plea seeking directions that the film is not released overseas on December 1.

According to the official website of the British Board Of Film Classification (BBFC), "Padmavati" will be released "uncut" in the UK.

After three states calling for a ban on Deepika Padukone-starrer 'Padmavati', Maharashtra Tourism Minister has demanded a ban on the screening of the controversy-ridden film in the state. The board has asked the makers to resend the film for revision.

Deepika Padukone at a promotional event in Mumbai for the forthcoming Hindi film'Padmavati
Deepika Padukone at a promotional event in Mumbai for the forthcoming Hindi film'Padmavati

Starring Deepika Padukone with Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in key roles, the magnum opus tells the tale of Rani Padmavati, the legendary Mewar queen known for her beauty and intelligence as well as courage, her husband Maharawal Ratan Singh, a Rajput warrior king who fought to defend his kingdom and wife's honour, and Sultan Alauddin Khilji.

A leader of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced that he would pay a reward roughly equivalent to $1.5 million to anyone who would behead an Indian actress and a film director.

The Supreme Court was again approached on the controversial Bollywood film Padmavati on the grounds that the filmmakers had allegedly misled authorities.

The protesters of the film, including descendants of Rajput rulers, stated that the film hurts the sentiments of the community and the Hindus in general by distorting historical facts.

Padmavati has been in trouble since the beginning of the year, with fringe groups in the western state of Rajasthan attacking the film's set, threatening to burn down cinemas that show it and even physically attacking Bhansali.




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