Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Gujarat bans 'Padmaavat' & Madhya Pradesh could follow

Gujarat bans 'Padmaavat' & Madhya Pradesh could follow

And now, despite the film being given a certificate by the CBFC, and the official release date being declared, all three states-Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh are continuing with its stance to disallow the release of the film on January 25. The film had been postponed from its original December 21 release date after members of the fringe group staged protests and threatened violence against Bhansali and lead actor Deepika Padukone. Here's a look at how state governments have reacted to the release of the film in different parts of the country.

Parzania, a film based on a child missing since the 2002 riots following the Godhra train inferno, was not allowed to be screened in Gujarat due to violent protest by VHP and Bajrang Dal activists who had ransacked theatre halls. The Rajasthan Government, had thus made a decision to ban the film even before its initial release date ie December 1, in order to maintain peace and order in the state.

The Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh governments today announced that Deepika Padukone-starrer "Padmavat" will not be released in these states.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmaavat" might have stoked controversy in Rajashthan first, but at least three other states have said no to screening the film despite getting a U/A certification from the CBFC. Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan stand against the film hasn't changed even after Padmavati becomes Padmaavat.

"Jo kaha hai wahi hoga (Whatever I said earlier would continue to remain in force)", he said. "With elections barely 10 months away, the CM, it seems, can't afford to ignore the sentiment of 1 crore Rajputs of MP".

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