Ahead of the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial magnum opus Padmaavat, violent protests and vandalism have been reported in certain areas. Even after the Supreme Court of India's strict orders to screen the film without any opposition, these protests have continued (although state-imposed bans have been rolled back).
According to news reports, a bench headed by the Chief Justice of India will hear a plea on Monday (29 January) asking for deletion of scenes from the film.
This fresh petition has been filed by advocate ML Sharma who had previously filed two pleas against the film. The apex court had rejected the pleas earlier citing that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) was still to review the film and passing a judgement on the film's content before the certification process would mean preempting the censor board's verdict.
In fact, the SC had given the advocate the liberty to move the court once the CBFC announces its decision. Sharma has now reiterated his plea for removal of certain scenes in the film and has approached the apex court.
In other news, the chances of Padmaavat being released in Bihar now seem uncertain. Owing to the persistent threats and protests by the Shri Rajput Karni Sena and other fringe groups — who claim to be the torch bearers of Rajput pride — the cinema hall and multiplex owners are paranoid about releasing the film, ac...