Protesters fume as Supreme Court refuses to stay Padmavati

Protesters fume as Supreme Court refuses to stay Padmavati”

While rejecting the plea, the top court said that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) considers all aspects ahead of granting a certificate to any film and, therefore, the court should not intervene in Censor Board's jurisdiction.

However, if latest reports are anything to go by then the makers of the historical drama are allegedly being pressured to postpone the release of the film, citing political reasons.

A division bench of justices Vikram Nath and Abdul Moin on Thursday refused to interfere into the matter.

An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra refused to entertain a plea seeking a stay of the release of the film after it enquired at the outset as to whether or not the Censor Board had issued a certification for the movie. The petitioner Kamta Prasad Singhal had pleaded that under the Sati (Prevention) Act, the practice was banned and even its propagation was banned and made punishable. "Rani Padmavati was one of them", he said.

The film that stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in leading roles is expected to release as scheduled on December 1.

The film has run into controversy with some Hindu groups, mainly in Rajasthan, stating that it romanticizes the relationship between Padmini and Alauddin Khilji, the Delhi ruler who was obsessed with her. Legend has it that after her husband was killed, Padmini set herself on fire along with other women to prevent Khilji from taking her prisoner. While the film's director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, has assured that there is no such sequence, the opposing parties are not convinced.

Last month, its members destroyed a "rangoli" created at a Surat mall for "Padmavati" promotions and threatened further disruption.

However, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the team of Padmavati have vehemently denied that such a scene is part of the film.

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