SC rejects lawyer's plea to stop 'Padmaavat' release

ANI | Updated: Jan 19, 2018 13:12 IST

New Delhi [India], Jan. 19 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma, claiming the certificate issued by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to Sanjay Leela Bansali's 'Padmaavat' was illegal.

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said in a statement, "The court has to function as a constitutional court and it has already in its interim order said yesterday that the states can't block a movie from screening 'Padmaavat'."

The court on Thursday stayed notifications issued by four states - Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat - to ban the release of the film 'Padmaavat'.

In its interim order, the court said all states are constitutionally obliged to maintain law and order and prevent any untoward incident during the screening of the film after permission has been granted by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

The flick has run into trouble time and again, as members of several Rajput factions have accused director of the film, Bhansali of distorting history.

Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles, the film is based on the 16th century Sufi poet Mohammad Jayasi's poem Padmavat.

The film is all set for January 25 worldwide release in Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil. It will be the first Indian film to get a global IMAX 3D release. (ANI)