Supreme Court has once again come to the rescue of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavat. After CBFC cleared the film with minor cuts and a disclaimer that it’s a work of fiction, the film was banned by governments of four stayed including Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, and Madhya Pradesh.
Soon, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Viacom, which produced the film, approached Supreme Court to intervene in the issue. After hearing the arguments from both sides, the Chief Justice of India slammed the four states for banning the film despite being cleared by CBFC. The court also stated that movies are a form of expression which are important to freedom of speech act, and that no one has a right to ban a film after it cleared the censor certification process.
With this, the hurdles for the film’s release have been cleared. The film, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, will release in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil on January 25.