MP, Rajasthan petition SC against 'Padmaavat'

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The Madhya Pradesh government has initiated moves to file a review petition in the Supreme Court challenging its ruling to lift ban on release of the controversial movie Padmaavat.

And after days-long heated controversies, the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial - starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh - finally cleared all the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) tests on January 8 and is expected to be released on January 25, during the Republic Day weekend. The court had also restrained other states from issuing any notification or order banning the screening of the movie.

Last evening, members of the outfit tore posters and banners of Padmaavat at a theatre in Ranchi and warned theatre owners against screening the film.

The court has admitted the government's petition. According to a report by the Hindustan Times, 15 people were arrested at the DND flyover in Noida after the toll plaza was attacked by a mob of 150-200 people claiming to be part of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena.

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Till now, only four single-screen theatres have chose to go ahead with the movie. And as intense protests spread across Rajasthan, the release of the film got delayed, waiting for censor's clearance till now. On Sunday, thousands of women brandishing swords took out a "Chetavani Rally" (warning march) in Rajasthan's Chittorgarh town, demanding a ban on the film and threatening to do self-immolation (jauhar) if the authorities fail to stop its release. The court had allowed the producers to release the film across the country.

The letter addressed to Karni Sena read that the Rajput community has been misled in this context.

The highway to Ujjain was blocked for hours, while police said that Karni Sena activists tried to hijack a truck and set it on fire in Indore.

Protesters claim the film falsely depicts a romance between 14th-century Hindu queen Padmavati and Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji.