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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 | Don’t forget Shurpnakaha’s fate, BJP leader threatens Mamata Banerjee for backing Deepika Padukone’s film

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after announcing Rs 10 crore bounty on Deepika Padukone’s head, BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu on Saturday threatened West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for backing the period saga Padmavati.Talking to reporters, Amu said in no uncertain terms that Mamata Banerjee must not forget what happened to Shurpnakaha.In an open threat, Amu said that the ‘Lakshman had cut the nose of evil women like Shurpnakaha. Mamata ji must not forget it.’The warning comes a day after the West Bengal Chief Minister said that she would welcome the Padmavati crew in her state and make arrangements for the screening of the movie.
ALSO READ Padmavati: It’s murder, my brother can’t commit suicide, says brother of Nahargarh Fort victim“If they are unable to release the film in any other state, we are ready to make special arrangements for it in our state. Bengal will be happy and proud to do it. Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his Padmavati team are welcome here,” Banrejee had said at an event in Delhi.The Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone starrer period drama, which was supposed to be released on December 1 had been deferred following protests in many parts of the country.
ALSO READ Padmavati Controversy: Delhi HC dismisses plea, says such petitions encourage agitatorsThe protests took brutal turn when a dead body was found hanging from the parapet of Jaipur’s Nahargarh Fort on Friday. Though the charcoal writings found around the body linked it to the Padmavati protests, but the mystery remains.The police identified the man as 40-year-old fashion jewellery trader Chetan Saini, who had left home on Thursday afternoon but did not return. “My brother cannot commit suicide. He was not depressed nor was he under any financial or emotional pressure. It appears to be a murder. We demand an investigation. He has nothing to do with the graffiti,” said his brother Ram Ratan Saini.
ALSO READ Nahargarh Fort Death: Is it connected to Padmavati? Some unanswered questionsPolice officers and forensic teams rushed to the spot but could not conclude anything.“It’s premature to comment on the issue. Investigations are on,” said Satyendra Singh, DCP Jaipur (North). The police were collecting writing samples to ascertain who wrote the messages.

Haryana BJP leader echoes fringe group’s call to behead Deepika and Bhansali, raises offer to Rs 10 crore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Suraj Pal Amu, Haryana’s BJP Chief media coordinator launched an astonishing attack on the cast and crew Padmavati. He congratulated the Meerut youngsters for announcing a Rs 5 crore bounty for beheading Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali and added that he would reward them RS 10 crore and take care of their family’s needs.Attacking Ranveer Singh, he said that if he didn’t take back his words, he’s break the actor’s legs. He also said he would ask BJP if needed and asked PM Modi to ‘exercise his powers to strike down the film’.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 PadukoneDemanding 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 India. The proposed release date of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati” has been deferred, the makers of the film said today. In a statement to PTI, a spokesperson of Viacom18 Motion Pictures said it had taken the decision “voluntarily”.”Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind ‘Padmavati’, has voluntarily deferred the release date of the film from December 1st 2017,” it said.The spokesman said it had the highest regard for the law of the land and statutory bodies such as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).As a “responsible and law-abiding corporate citizen”, it was committed to following the established procedure and convention, it said.”We have faith that we will soon obtain the requisite clearances to release the film,” the statement read.Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi had yesterday slammed the makers for allowing the film to be screened for various media channels before obtaining a certificate from the board.The CBFC had sent the film back to the producer as the application for the certification was “incomplete”.”…We are a responsible, law-abiding corporate citizen and have the highest respect and regard for the law of the land and all our institutions and statutory bodies including the Central Board of Film Certification,” the statement said.The studio said it would soon announce the new release date for the film.”We will announce the revised release date of the film in due course. We stand firm in our commitment to tell endearing tales that resonate with our audiences the world over as we have in the past with our other projects such as ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, ‘Queen’, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ and many more,” it said.The makers reiterated that the film was a cinematic masterpiece capturing “Rajput valour, dignity and tradition in all its glory”.”The film is an eloquent portrayal of a tale that will fill every Indian with pride and showcase our country’s story-telling prowess across the globe,” it said.”Padmavati” has been facing controversy since Bhansali started shooting the film earlier this year.The director was roughed up by members of the fringe group Rajput Karni Sena in Jaipur. Its elaborate sets were also vandalised during shooting schedules in Jaipur and Kolhapur.The first poster of the movie was released in October this year and triggered a storm with various Rajput groups and others claiming that the director had “distorted” historical facts.Bhansali and lead actor Deepika Padukone have received threats. Their security has been beefed up by the Mumbai police.Meanwhile, the film fraternity has come out in support of Bhansali and the team, with many leading artistes calling it an attack on creative freedom.With inputs from PTI

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.

Subramanian Swamy irked by Deepika remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP leader Subramanian Swamy slammed actor Deepika Padukone on Tuesday for her comments regarding the hullabaloo around ‘Padmavati’.“It`s appalling, it`s absolutely appalling. What have we gotten ourselves into? And where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed,” she had said, commenting on the spiralling controversy around the epic drama.Reacting to Deepika’s comments, Swamy tweeted – “Cine actress Deepika Padukone giving us lecture on regression. Nation can progress only when it is regression from her perspective.”Cine actress Deepika Padukone giving us lecture on regression!! Nation can progress only when it is regression from her perspective.— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) November 14, 2017Doubts on the extent to which the National Award-winning filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has fictionalised the story has led to a row with politicians, organisations and individuals raising a finger at him for ‘distorting history’ and demanding that the release of ‘Padmavati’ be stalled. However, Deepika is convinced the movie will release, as scheduled, on December 1.As a woman, I feel proud to be a part of this film and to tell this story, which needs to be told. And it needs to be told now,” Deepika, who plays the title role in Bhansali`s professed tribute to the sacrifice, valour and honour of Rajput queen told IANS.“The only people we are answerable to is the censor board, and I know and I believe that nothing can stop the release of this film,” she said, adding that the film industry`s support symbolises how “this is not about `Padmavati`. We`re fighting a much bigger battle.”“They are very independent individuals and very strong characters,” Deepika added, pointing out that in ‘Padmavati’, while there are two men – Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh – she essays the title role, which “does not happen often in a woman`s career”.“I celebrate that,” she said.‘Padmavati’ marks the third film that Deepika has worked in under Bhansali`s direction after ‘Goliyon ki Raasleela Ram-Leela’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani’

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