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Big relief for makers of Padmaavat as SC lifts ban imposed on screening of film by 4 states
Just a week before the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed period drama 'Padmaavat,' the film's makers have been given a major relief by the latest order from the top court.

The Supreme Court of India, on Thursday, struck down the ban imposed on the screening of Padmaavat by four states, allowing the film to release pan-India on January 25, 2018.

The court's order comes after the ban was imposed by 4 BJP-ruled states that include Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh, despite the film being cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

In its judgment, the apex court ruled that it was the duty of every state government to maintain law and order. It further added that freedom of speech and expression cannot be throttled.

The Supreme Court questioned that if the film had already got CBFC's approval then why it had been banned by a few states.

Arguing on the behalf of the film's producers, advocate Harish Salve was quoted by ANI as saying, "If states are banning a film, then it is destroying federal structure. It is a serious matter. If somebody has a problem,then he or she can approach appellate tribunal for relief. State can't touch the content of a film."

"Request the Central government to pass a direction to the states for a better and an effective step and solution," he added.

Earlier in November, the SC had rejected several petitions seeking a complete ban on the movie which has been facing massive agitations over a lot of issues regarding its content, since it commenced filming.

"Based on 16th-century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi's epic poem Padmavat, the movie faced resistance from its early stages due to a misinformation campaign and rumour-mongering. Despite these challenges, the film that showcases the valour of Rani Padmavati, Maharawal Ratan Singh and the famed Rajput ethos of honour, bravery and sacrifice, has managed to overcome all odds; aided by the support of well-wishers from across the film fraternity," Sanjay Leela Bhansali productions and Viacom 18 said in a joint statement.

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