The Supreme Court has Thursday cleared all the restrictions on release of Padmaavat release. The most awaited and controversial film Padmaavat is presently prepared to release worldwide on 25th January. While the SC has issued the stay orders to screen the film in Rajasthan and Gujarat, where the protests from Rajput families have occurred.
The bench accepted the contention of the petitioners that once a film is cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification, states cannot interfere with it: “We direct that there shall be a stay of operation on the notification and orders issued and we also restrain other states from issuing such notifications or orders in this matter… Once Parliamentary legislation confers the responsibility and power on a statutory board and board grants certificate, non-exhibition of it by states will be contrary to statutory provisions.”
Padmaavat Movie Release Date i.e On 25th January Release Across Worldwide – Supreme order
Underlining that “valued constitutional rights” were in question, the seat of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, in a break arrange, also limited different states from issuing comparable notices and guided state governments to give security to the film group in the event that they request it.
Dismissing the dispute of the states that the film’s screening will cause law and order issues, the seat said it was the “duty and obligation of states to maintain law and order”. Senior promoter Harish Salve, who showed up for film maker Viacom18, encouraged the court to arrange security for the film group, saying they were getting dangers. The court concurred and said the state must give them security in the event that they request it. Showing up for Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta looked for more opportunity to answer to the request, saying more certainties should have been expedited record.
“Suppose there is a rumour against a community which is in majority in my state, can’t I take action,” Mehta asked, adding “we have intelligence inputs and we want to place them on record”.
But Justice Chandrachud countered this: “It is important. Valued Constitutional rights are at stake.” The court will hear the matter next on March 26.
Hearing the parties, CJI Misra reminded them that the film Bandit Queen had passed the test of the Supreme Court. Salve said “in this case, we have agreed to do everything that the Censor Board asked us to do. But someday, I will argue that an artist has a right to even distort history.”
Countering him, Mehta said: “History can be distorted as Gandhiji sipping whisky… the country will not tolerate it. History cannot be distorted.” Salve replied: “Mr Mehta, that is not even distortion of history.” He said the West had even made a film called Jesus Christ Superstar. But Mehta would not give in: “Let us follow Indian standards.’’
Responding to Mehta’s arguments, the CJI said, “If you go by this, 60 per cent of literature, even classical literature of India, cannot be read.” The story of Nala and Damayanti, he said, was once translated by an Odisha scholar. “But the scholar was a puritan. He left out some parts, saying he doesn’t think it should be read now.” The scholar, the CJI said, was born in the 19th Century and was influenced by Victorian morality.