Indian states seek last-ditch film ban amid violent protests

Interestingly, despite all the talk against the movie, the MP government never issued a formal order banning its release.

The Supreme Court is expected to hear the pleas on Tuesday of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments, seeking recall of its January 18 orders allowing the screening of film "Padmaavat" in theatres across India. "Despite SC's order, the BJP was still arguing and finding reasons to not screen the movie". The flames of protests have also started surfacing in parts of Delhi, Lucknow and Hyderabad, TV reports claim.

The state also cited upcoming by-elections and intelligence inputs to support its plea and said there may be law and order problems if the film is released.

The urgent petitions, which the Supreme Court will hear today, were lodged a day after Hindu extremists set fire to buses and blocked roads in Gujarat.

The Supreme Court last week overturned a ban on the film's release that had been imposed by several states, saying it violated creative freedoms.

However, he warned, in case cinema halls screened the movie, they will be responsible for the consequences.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had said that the state government would approach the top court to stop the release of the controversial film.

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Till now, only four single-screen theatres have made a decision to go ahead with the movie.

Despite the court ruling and tightened security, theatre owners in the state have decided against screening the film as they fear further violence.

Earlier on Sunday, thousands of women organized a "Chetavni (warning) rally" in Rajasthan's Chittorgarh town.

In Rajasthan, the epicentre of the Padmaavat protest wave, the situation is getting intense.

The letter addressed to Karni Sena read that the Rajput community has been misled in this context.

Protesters claim the film falsely depicts a romance between 14th-century Hindu queen Padmavati and Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji.

  • Regina Holmes