The Supreme Court has finally taken a stand in the Padmavati row. They have declared that they won’t ban the film and will instead let the Supreme Court decide if the film should release or not. This decision comes after several Rajput groups demanded that the film be banned, assuming it romanticises the relationship between Rani Padmini and Allaudin Khilji in a dream sequence. While the film’s director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, has assured that there is no such sequence, the opposing parties are not convinced.
While yesterday we had reported how the Karni Sena had issued threats to the theatre owners in Rajasthan against screening the film, today, the Home Minister of the state has assured that the release of the film will not be jeopardised. However, he did mention that sentiments of the community will also be taken into account. Seems like the fate of the film now lies in the hands, or rather the scissors, of the Censor Board. The CBFC will now have to take the sentiments of the groups and history into account before certifying the film.
But it is not just with its release that Padmavati is in the lurch. Ever since the film, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, went on the floors, it has been in trouble, what with the sets being demolished twice over and even the director being attacked. Imagine the fundamentalist groups even destroyed the rangoli of the film’s poster! How do you think would they react to the release of the film. Well, we can only imagine it will be quite eventful. But given the reassurances from the director and actors over and over again, perhaps the groups opposing the decision will see reason and relent.