New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday lifted a ban, imposed by six BJP-ruled states, on Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial film ‘Padmaavat’ (earlier ‘Padmavati’), paving the way for the movie’s release across the country, media reports said.
Despite the clearance by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), the ban was imposed by Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Gujarat- all ruled by the BJP.
However, BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh did not impose any ban on the film.
The movie has been mired into controversy after several fringe groups, mostly Shri Rajput Karni Sena, accused the film maker of distorting history and portraying Rani Padmini in poor light in the movie.
Haryana BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu even offered a bounty of Rs. 10 crore on the heads of Bhansali and Deepika Padukone, who plays the lead character.
The CBFC has announced that Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone starrer film will be issued a U/A certificate.
The CBFC suggested the makers of the film to change the title to ‘Padmavat’.
The film is expected to hit the big screens on Jan 25. Earlier it was slated to release on Dec 1, 2017.
Apart from Deepika, the film stars Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles.