Refrain From Making Pre-Judgements on Padmavati: SC rebukes CMs

Purnima Gupta
3:21 PM

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie Padmavati is looking to get a CBFC clearance and the politics on the movie is rife. Padvamati is another Bhansali magnum opus. It is under fire from the Rajput communities in India.

The Rajput community is rare actively seeking a ban on the movie. They have alleged that the movie distorts history and is presenting Rajput Queen Padmavati in a bad light. Karni Sena accused Bhansali of making a movie on Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s fictional romantic poem “Padmavat”. The poem was written between 16th to 19th centuries during the Mughal rule in India. While the producers and directors of the movie have vehemently denied the allegations made by the group.

Several states like Bihar, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have decided to ban the movie even before CBFC clearance. However, several film stars also came in the support of movie. Extremists group – Karni Sena from Rajasthan has issued a warning to lead actress Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali of physical harm.

They have used shameful language against actors and actresses in the movie. Despite this, Chief Ministers of certain states are busy making provoking statements against the movie. However, Supreme Court of India urges to find a peaceful solution.

Supreme Court On Padmavati Movie

The SC judges have issued a statement saying that it is the prerogative of the national censor board to review the film and make a decision on whether it is suitable for screening.

“When the matter is pending the consideration of the CBFC (Central Board of  Film Certification), how can persons hold public offices comment on whether CBFC should issue a certificate or not? That will prejudice the decision of the CBFC,” the judges said.

SC remark on Padmavati

After the court’s remarks, top Haryana minister Anil Vij reacted saying, “if we have to seek a permission from the Supreme Court to make a comment… it’s not right.”  Haryana is among the states waiting for the censor board’s clearance to release the movie.

While Supreme Court of India is also busy quashing petitions which seek –

Overseas ban on Padmavati’s release

Ban on Padmavati across India

Criminal prosecution against actors and producers of the movie

Who was Padmavati?

According to the historical records by Persians writers, Gora Badal Padmini Chaupai by Rajput Hemratan and Jamesh Tod (an officer of East India Company) in Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan, Rani Padmini or Padmavati, was a beautiful Rajput queen of 13th century India.

When Mughal ruler Ala-Ud-Din Khilji, decided to attack Chittor, Padmini with others committed Johar (self-immolation). While her husband Ratan Sen died fighting against the Mughal king Khilji.

As per Amir Khusrau’s (a Sufi poet, a literary person from Mughal era in the 13th century) accounts, Chittor was attacked by Khilji to ascertain his supremacy over several Indian states at that time. And Khusrau rejects any relation of Chittor siege with the queen. Rather, he presents accounts of the ruler of Chittor surrendering to Khilji. After which, Khilji demanded queen Padmini to humiliate the ruler. This prompted the queen to self-immolate to avoid falling into the clutches of Mughals.

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