Gujarat Bans Release of Bhansali's Padmaavat on January 25 After Protests

Padmaavat: After Rajasthan, Gujarat bans film

After Rajasthan, CMs of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh oppose Padmavat release

Times of India reports a government official saying, "Now that the filmmaker has incorporated the changes suggested by the Censor Board, I see no reason why the release of the film should be stopped".

The controversy around Padmaavat has arisen due to alleged "improper" portrayal of the legendary Rajput queen, but even otherwise Gujarat has a history of banning films over trivial issues like hurting sentiments of some sections of people. Here's a look at how state governments have reacted to the release of the film in different parts of the country.

Bhansali, argued in the HC that the FIR became meaningless as the film's name had already been changed to "Padmaavat" from "Padmavati", following recommendations by the Censor Board and experts, and it should be allowed to be released in the state. Gujarat is the third Indian state to have banned the screening of the controversial film. But we want it to release as soon as possible. Besides him, actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone were also named as accused.

After the BJP ruled states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh announced that they will not lift ban on Padmaavat inspite of CBFC certification.

"We will take a couple of days to announce our decision", culture minister, KK Rishi said on Saturday.

However, Justice Sandeep Mehta refused to pass an order on the petition before watching the film and asked Bora to arrange for a special screening for the court. Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani on Friday said, "We banned the film based on inputs on the law and order situation".

Asked if the film would be banned in Madhya Pradesh, Chouhan told reporters today, "Jo Kaha tha, wo hoga (What I had said, will happen)".

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