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Social organisations urge PM Modi to ban ‘Padmavati’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several political leaders and social organisations dismissed the Supreme Court order and requested the prime minister to take the matter, of banning Padmavati, in hand. Lokendra Singh Kalvi, patron of Rajput Karni Sena, on Tuesday, made a public appeal to prime minister Narendra Modi to take the ball in his court now. He claimed that the decision of the Apex court loses importance when the prime minister takes charge.“I request Prime Minister to take the issue in his hand now. Narendra Modi had also banned the released of Jodha Akhbar in Gujarat and Rajasthan when he was the state’s chief minister. He can now ban Padmavati nationally,” Kalvi said. He then informed that the central government has the power to ban the film under section 6 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952. He further informed that he is taking steps to assure that the film is banned internationally. “Kalvi will also be visiting England in next three days as the censor board of has passed the film. Several organisations of NRIs, which are functioning against the distortion of history, have been approached. He will be visited the US of America post that,” informed Mahipal Singh Makarana, president, Rajput Karni Sena.The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, took strong exception to statements made by persons holding high offices against the film “Padmavati”, saying the remarks were tantamount to pre-judging the movie which is yet to be certified by the Censor Board. A bench headed by Chief Justice dismissed the fresh petition that had sought an order to restrain the producers of the movie from releasing it abroad.

SC dismisses plea seeking to stall Padmavati release, rebukes Chief Ministers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a fresh plea seeking to stall Bollywood film Padmavati’s release, and said all concerned people, holding responsible posts must be guided by rule of law.The fresh petition that had sought an order to restrain the producers of the movie from releasing it abroad.Lawyer M L Sharma had also sought a direction to the CBI to register a case against director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and others for various offences including defamation and violation of the Cinematography Act.However, the Supreme Court took strong exception to statements made by persons holding high offices against the film, saying the remarks were tantamount to pre-judging the movie which is yet to be certified by the Censor Board.The top court also said that these kind of statements are violative of the principle of Rule of Law as Censor Board is yet to certify the movie. ALSO READ Padmavati row | In support of Deepika Padukone film, Bengal film industry to observe a ’15-minute black out ‘The film has been embroiled in a spate of controversies ever since its inception.The lavishly mounted film, starring Deepika Padukone in the title role, and Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, is a joint production by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions.Many groups have been protesting amid rumours that there was a romantic dream sequence between Rajput queen Padmini and Allauddin Khilji. Several politicians have already demanded a ban on the movie, while Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, and Rajasthan have already refused to allow a release of the movie in the state.Last week, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) cleared the movie for release on December 1. ALSO READ Covering up Padmavati plaque shows Rajasthan government in poor lightThe BBFC has given the film a 12A rating and was passed without any cuts. The 12A rating mandates that the film cannot be viewed by a child under the age of 12 unless accompanied by an adult.Bhansali has been under attack from the group since he started shooting for the movie. The set of the movie was vandalised twice – in Jaipur and Kolhapur – and the director was roughed up by Karni Sena members in Jaipur in January. ALSO READ Lights. Camera. Censor: A 360 degree low-down on ‘Padmavati’ controversy

Padmavati Controversy: Delhi HC dismisses plea, says such petitions encourage agitators

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed a plea against the film “Padmavati”, observing that such petitions were encouraging those agitating against the movie.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar termed as “hopeless” and “misconceived” a petition seeking that a committee be set up prior to the release of the movie to check whether there was any distortion of history.”Have you (counsel for the petitioner) seen the film.Have the people, who are burning cinema halls seen the film? By this kind of petitions, you are encouraging the people who are agitating,” the bench observed.It further directed the petitioner, Akhand Rashtrawadi Party, which claims to be a political party, to approach the Censor Board as the court was not inclined to entertain it.The plea has said that the committee was necessary as there was alleged distortion of historical facts in the film starring Deepika Padukone.

Change film or face ‘ban’: Vasundhara Raje

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ will not hit the screens in Rajasthan till the alleged ‘distorted’ facts are removed from the narrative, chief minister Vasundhara Raje said on Monday night. A statement released by the chief minister office (CMO) quotes that home minister Kataria apprised to Raje that film distributors in Rajasthan have willingly ‘shelved’ process to take the movies’ rights.Amid growing protests over ‘Padmavati’ movie, the home minister Gulab Chand Kataria convened a high-level meeting with senior officials of the department, including DGP Ajit Singh, home secretary Deepak Upreti to take a ‘decision’ on the movie.Though no decision on banning the film was taken in the meeting, however the officials seriously mulled the provisions mentioned under various laws which could prohibit its screening before the release nod was given by Censor board.“We discussed in the meeting under which laws we can ‘act’ over the movie. We will not take a decision in haste and another meeting will be held on Tuesday,” the minister said.The BJP government swung into action after its neighboring state Madhya Pradesh officially decided to ban its release.Sources in the home department said Raje government has started preparations to ban Padmavati in Rajasthan. “This was an official meeting to discuss the matter officially. In Tuesday’s meeting, the final call will be taken noting various provisions. The officials were told to work on it,” said a source in the department.Attempt to hurt sentiments: SwamyRajya Sabha MP Subraimaniam Swamy said, “Few people fund movies depicting distorted history with intention to hurt sentiments of Hindus, the movie PK was also such an attempt. The movie will also tend to showcase that the invader Khilji was not as atrocious as history claims. He said that through distorted history these people tend to damage understanding of local people about their history.

Padmavati: BJP hopes Centre and CBFC will find ‘amicable solution’

Updated: Nov 20, 2017, 08:31 AM IST, ANI

The period drama starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor has been facing protests from various communal groups, including Shree Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering historical facts. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said it is hopeful that the Centre and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) will find an amicable solution to end the ‘Padmavati’ row.BJP leader S Prakash said, “There has to be some way out of this. I’m sure the government authorities and the Censor board officials will take note of the sentiments of the people and make sure that an amicable solution is found.”The film has been embroiled in a spate of controversies ever since its inception.The period drama starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor has been facing protests from various communal groups, including Shree Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering historical facts.

Padmavati row | Don’t release film without making changes, think of consequences, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje writes to Smriti Irani

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s opulent period drama ‘Padmavti’, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has written to Union Minister Smriti Irani to put the film’s release on hold.In a letter to the Information and Broadcasting Minister, the Rajasthan CM is said to have said that “Padmavati (should) not be released until some changes are made to it so that it ‘does not hurt the sentiments of any community’,” news agency ANI said on Saturday.Raje also suggested that a committee should be formed “to to discuss the film and its plot and then suggest amendments to avoid ‘hurting sentiments’.”Warning about the fallout, Raje wrote, “the Censor Board must think of consequences before certifying Padmavati.”The letter comes on a day when the Central Board of Film Certification Chief Prasoon Joshi slammed Bhansali for holding private screening of the movie without getting mandatory certification. He accused Bhansali of subverting the issue.“It’s myopic to treat certification process haphazardly to suit convenience. On one hand,holding CBFC responsible and pressurizing to accelerate process and on other hand,attempt to subvert the very process,sets an opportunistic precedent,” Joshi was quoted as saying to ANI.On Friday, the CBFC had returned the film to its makers as the application for the certification was “incomplete”.Raje becomes second Chief Minister to request ban on Padmavati. Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had had urged I&B Ministry to defer the release of the movie due to ‘public anger’ over the makers ‘distorting historical facts’ only because it could affect law and order on the release date.

Padmavati row: UP police books Thakur Abhishek Som who offered Rs 5 crore for heads of Deepika, Bhansali

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh police on Friday booked a Meerut resident from the Kshatriya community who announced a bounty of Rs 5 crore on the heads of film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actor Deepika Padukone Demanding a ban on Padmavati, Thakur Abhishek Som, an office-bearer of the Kshatriya Samaj has announced a reward of Rs 5 crore to anyone beheading film Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone who played the character of Padmavati in the movie.“A case has been filed against Som under section 115 (abetment of offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life) and section 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the IPC at the Nauchandi police station,” Meerut superintendent of police (city) Maan Singh Chauhan told Times of IndiaHe also said that efforts are being made to arrest the accused soon.Thakur Som, who is an active member of the Samajwadi Party, has warned the Bollywood actress to leave the country or face beheading. He had also threatened the Director Sanjay to withdraw release of the controversial film or be ready to face the consequences.“The role played by Deepika has hurt the sentiments of Rajput women. No Rajput woman dances in public. Director Sanjay has no knowledge of the history of Rajputs in the country. He has distorted historical facts and should be punished,” stated Som. Meanwhile, the Shri Rajput Karni Sena has also threatened that it will intensify its protest against ‘Padmavati’ if the film was not banned.The film features Deepika Padukone in the title role of Rani Padmavati, with Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji.Bhansali has been under attack from the group since he started shooting for the movie. The set of the movie was vandalised twice – in Jaipur and Kolhapur – and the director was roughed up by Karni Sena members in Jaipur in January.The Supreme Court had recently refused to entertain a plea seeking a stay on the release of Padmavati, saying the Censor Board was yet to certify the movie.Bhansali, through a video statement, has sought to clear the air surrounding the film, saying he was careful in depicting the “Rajput honour and dignity” in the film.

Padmavati protests intensify in Rajasthan, outfits threaten strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Protests against the Deepika-starrer Padmavati are steadily growing in scale across Rajasthan. Various state-based community organisations, political leaders, legislators are beefing up their demand for a ban on the Bhansali movie. The demand for the formation of a panel to preview the movie before release is also gaining momentum, with threats range from bandhs to protests.Rajput outfit Karni Sena has called for a Rajasthan Bandh on November 30 while the Akhil Bhartiya Kshatriya Mahasabha will hold a protest rally at Talkatora Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.The protests have started to turn violent as Karni Sena on Tuesday vandalised a cinema hall in Kota and warned the cinema hall administration to not release the film. Eight persons were arrested in this connection. Salumbar town of Udaipur district remained shut down due to a bandh.Residents of Chittorgarh, where the story of Padmavati is based, have started a protest at the foot of the fort. They have threatened that it will be closed down from November 17 if the ban is not carried out.Acharya Dharmendra, of the Ramjanm Bhumi-Mukti Andolan, on Tuesday demanded that history should not be distorted and stressed on the need for a ‘Community based Censor Board’ to clear films and TV serials with historical background. “I am in touch with great saints of the country and we are planning to organise a committee which will develop ‘Community Censor Board’ to analyse films based on history and religion, and will hold them back if it is found offensive,” he said.Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria on Tuesday reiterated that no one would be allowed to the law in their hands.Chief minister Vasundhara Raje faces pressure from within her flock as two MLAs of BJP, Gyan Dev Ahuja, MLA from Alwar of Ramgarh Constituency, and Shaitan Singh Rathore, MLA from Jaisalmer, have written to her and in no uncertain terms demanded that the film be banned.Even as the release date for the film comes closer, the state government has no plan of action to contain the tension.

Now, Salagto Saval Anamat director seeks PM’s help over non-release

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A few days after filmmaker of Power of Patidar wrote to the Prime Minister seeking his intervention over Censor Board’s rejection to the film’s release, director of Gujarati movie Salagto Saval Anamat has followed suit. In his letter to Narendra Modi on July 8, director Rajesh Gohil stated, “Under the banner of Vyas Film Production (VFP), we made Salagto Saval Anamat at an expanse of over Rs 50 lakh. I have written and directed the film to convey the message on the ongoing reservation stir in Gujarat by the Patidar community. However, the Censor Board has not approved its release.”The film was slated for release on June 14, 2016. Gohil wrote, “We have incurred losses of over Rs 50 lakh. I am under pressure from those who financed the film for the recovery of losses. I was recently even assaulted by some persons.”Saying that he is being pressurised for then early release of the film, Gohil requested the PM, “Either you or your representative should watch the film and try to get a censor clearance. It does not have any dialogue or violent scene which can hurt the sentiments of any community.”A copy of the letter which was also sent to Pahlaj Nihalani, chairman, Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), stated, “Though it is based on the agitation carried out by the Patidars in Gujarat from 2015, it is not based on the life of PAAS convenor Hardik Patel.”Gohil said though he had made several representations for the release of the film, he was told that it violated the guidelines of the Cinematographic Act, 1992.The director of the Gujarati movies warned in the letter that if the film is not provided a censor clearance, the responsibility of mental and physical turmoil caused to him and his family would lie with the Censor Board authorities. DNA’s mail to the censor board in this regard remain unanswered till the time of going to Press. It is to be noted that Deepak Soni, filmmaker of ‘Power of Patidar’ had written to the PM on July 5 saying they have incurred huge losses due to non-release of the film which portrays the reservation stir by Patidar community.

Prank gone wrong: Youth, associate behind YouTube kissing video questioned by cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The youth, who had posted a prank video in which he was seen randomly kissing girls and running away, and his associate have been apprehended by police. Sumit Kumar Singh (20) and Satyajeet Kadian (25) have been apprehended and two laptops, one video camera, wireless mikes have been seized, said Ravindra Yadav, joint commissioner of police (Crime).They are students of BCA at World College of Engineering and Management, Farrukh Nagar, Gurugram, he said. “Both are friends and active on YouTube. The video camera belongs to Sumit Kumar Singh. During interrogation, they said that they are doing this for money since YouTube pays them for hits. If they get 1000 hits, they earn something like Rs 700- Rs 800,” said the officer.The arrest has been deferred for now since Sumit and Satyajeet told police that the girls who were part of the video are their friends and that will be investigated. We were assuming that the girls are victims but in their statement, they said that those girls are friends and they were party in making the video, Yadav said.A case was registered last week against Sumit Verma under Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of IPC and Section 67 (punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) of IT Act following outrage over the clip. There is a possibility that we might have to change the sections but that will be decided after the girls are questioned, Yadav said.Sources said that they Sumit told police during interrogation that the girls in the video studied with him in Gyan Deep Public School in Gurugram. He has shared the addresses of the girls and police will be visiting their houses to talk to them. During interrogation, Sumit told police that he wasn’t aware that a case had been registered against him. He thought that since he had uploaded an apology video, that was also taken down later, the matter was solved.He was preparing for shooting more ‘shocking’ videos like scaring a girl standing alone in the lift, catching hold of a girl in the bus or metro, another officer said. In fact, he claimed that the more shock value the video has, the more likes or hits it gets and he gets to make more money, the other officer said.In reply to an email query, YouTube representative said, “YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit content featuring things like harassment, hate speech, shocking or disturbing content, illegal acts, and graphic violence, and we give our users tools to flag content so that we can review and remove anything that violates our policies. We also comply with valid legal requests from authorities wherever possible, consistent with our longstanding policy,” the representative said. Sumit also told police “that abroad, it’s become a trend to shoot shocking videos that could be vulgar and even here, they earn more money if they produces such videos.” During interrogation, he claimed that he has been making prank videos since 2015 and had even earned in lakhs for some videos, including one where he had pranked his mother.The video was posted on January 1 by ‘Crazy Sumit’ on his YouTube page and Facebook page. The video was copied and also posted on YouTube by other YouTube accounts. The Cyber Cell of Crime Branch was tasked to nab the accused, he said. “During investigation, details of his YouTube account ‘Crazy Sumit’ were obtained. Apart from this, details of his other social media accounts- Facebook, Twitter were also obtained,” said the officer.Besides his social media profiling, his profiling was done by Cyber Crime Team from various other social media websites and a video was found uploaded by ‘Crazy Sumit’ of a party thrown by YouTube to promote and encourage such pranksters in a restaurant ’38 Barracks’ in Connaught Place.”It was also found that YouTube has been organising various parties and day seminars to encourage such activities by the pranksters. These type of parties are being hosted by a company based in Gurgaon and Mumbai on behalf of You Tube and Google,” said Yadav.From the details obtained, it was found that Sumit resides in Gurgaon. In order to apprehend him, a team under the supervision of DCP Bhisham Singh conducted a raid and apprehended Sumit from his house in Sector-5, Ashok Vihar Phase-III in Gurgaon, the officer said. They were apprehended at around 7 AM and were let off after questioning around 8 PM, police said.A laptop, video camera, wireless mikes and a trophy given by YouTube congratulating him over crossing one lakh subscribers were seized from his house. Three years back, Sumit had met with an accident and was bedridden for two months. During this period, he used to watch prank videos on YouTube.After watching such videos, he got the idea to earn money by making his own prank videos. Till date, he has made 35-40 prank videos. “In October 2016, he was awarded by YouTube on crossing 1,00,000 subscribers for his channel ‘The Crazy Sumit’. In December 2016, he planned to make the video of kissing unknown girls and running away. In order to make this video, he contacted his friend Satyajeet Kadian and later on, other common friends including girls,” he said.His associate, Satyajeet, has shot two prank videos for Sumit. Satyajeet is also a prankster and he has a channel in the name of ‘DC Prank’. While talking to mediapersons, Satyajeet said, “Such things, if they bear the stamp of the Censor Board are okay to be aired. So tomorrow, if we get the stamp of Censor Board, will this video be okay?”Sumit’s video was uploaded by him on January 1 on YouTube. But on getting negative comments by the viewers of YouTube, he removed the purported video from his channel but by that time, the video had been downloaded by the other users and posted again on YouTube. Sumit led police to his associate Satyajeet, who was apprehended from his house in Ashok Vihar Phase III, Gurgaon.”During interrogation, Satyajeet disclosed that he is a friend of Sumit from college. When Sumit started his channel on YouTube in the name of ‘Crazy Sumit’, he joined him and helped him in shooting videos and arranging the cast,” said the officer.Satyajeet also started a prank channel on YouTube in the name of ‘DC Prank’ from September 2016. He made three videos for himself. Sumit had shot the “kissing and running” video in three locations, one in Connaught Place and two other places in Gurgaon. “It is to be verified whether the version of the two suspects is true. Statements of the girls will be taken to know this aspect and that will clarify if they were lured. Investigation will also be conducted from the event management company, YouTube and Google to assess their criminal liability. Notices will be sent to them,” said the officer.

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