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After Rajasthan and Gujarat, Haryana too bans screening of Bhansali's Padmaavat
Haryana has also joined the league of states banning the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period drama Padmaavat even though the censor board has cleared the film with a few changes and a new title. The ban has been imposed on the plea that the film distorts historical facts.

Padmaavat is based on the epic poem written by Malik Muhammad Jayasi and features Deepika Padukone in the title role as Rani Padmavati, alongside Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji. The film depicts the story of Rani Padmavati, the legendary Rajput queen, who committed jauhar along with other Rajput women to protect themselves from Muslim king Khilji and his soldiers.

In the film that is due to be released on January 25 also stars Aditi Rao Hydari, Jim Sarbh, Raza Murad and Anupriya Goenka in supporting roles. But, Padmavaat continues to face stiff opposition from Rajputs in different states and right-wing Hindu groups alleging that the film distorts historical facts. In Rajasthan, the film has led to violent protests by Karani Sena - a Rajput organization.

Among the intellectuals, the debate over film censorship and the right of freedom of expression continues. The Supreme Court had earlier dismissed a petition for the ban on the film holding that freedom of speech and expression was sacrosanct.

Bhansali had also appeared before the Indian Parliament to clarify his position and stating that all the controversy over the film was based on rumours and he had not distorted the facts since the film was based on the epic poem by Malik Muhammad Jayasi.

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