The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay the release of Bollywood film ‘Padmavati’. On the same day Allahabad High Court also declined to entertain a plea seeking a ban on it.
The decision came as a big relief for the producers and the other crew members associated with the film.
The Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed period drama, which also stars Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in lead roles is scheduled to be released on December 1.
An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra refused to entertain a plea seeking a stay on the release of the film, after the bench was told that the Censor Board was yet to issue a certification for the film.
“Has the film been placed before the Censor Board? Has the Censor Board certified the film,” the bench questioned.
On being informed that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) was yet to certify the movie, the bench said, “this court should not exercise its writ jurisdiction in such situation”.
The top court mentioned that there were several guidelines for the CBFC in granting certification and a Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) was also there to look into such grievances.
The bench was hearing a plea filed by Siddharajsinh Mahavirsinh Chudasama and 11 others against the film. Besides seeking a stay on the release of the movie, the plea had also sought setting up of a committee of eminent historians to check the veracity of the script to prevent any inaccuracy in portrayal of Rani Padmavati.
The plea claimed that the movie distorted certain historical facts “hurting the sentiments of Kshatriya community”.
In Lucknow, a division bench of the Allahabad High Court asked a petitioner who sought a ban on the movie, to approach the Censor Board. The plea claimed that the film encouraged the practice of ‘Sati’.
The court declined to go into the merits of the matter, and asked the petitioner to approach a different forum for his grievance.
Both the court verdicts came as a big relief for the film. In the past there have been several protests against the historical film. The film’s set was also vandalised by a mob in the past.
(With inputs from PTI)