No ‘Padmaavat’ in Gujarat and MP but UP gives green signal

Even as the BJP-ruled states of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh on Friday said they would continue their ban on ‘Padmaavat’ despite the Censor Board’s nod, the Yogi Adityanath government said it would not stop the film’s release in Uttar Pradesh. The Vasundhara Raje-led Rajasthan government had already said that theatres in the state would not screen the film.
The Deepika Padukone-starrer is slated for release on January 25.

Large-scale protests and violence by fringe outfits, led by the Karni Sena, for allegedly “distorting Rajput history”, had stopped the movie’s release.

Highly-placed sources in the UP government said the film won’t be banned in the state after the modifications and changes in the film on the CBFC’s directions. “Now that the filmmaker has incorporated the changes suggested by the Censor Board, I see no reason why the release of the film should be stopped,” a top government official told TOI on Friday.

CM Vijay Rupani, however, said the ban — imposed ahead of assembly elections citing law and order concerns — on the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film, would continue in Gujarat. “We had banned the film’s release before polls, and that order still stays. We have not revoked it, hence there is no question of the film being released in the state,” he said.

Taking a similar line as his Gujarat counterpart, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan indicated that the ban would continue. Asked if the state would persist with the ban, the CM gave a cryptic reply: “Jo kaha tha, woh hoga (What I said, will happen).”

As carried in TOI

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