Chouhan asks advocate general to review SC’s order on ‘Padmaavat’

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday said that the advocate general has been asked to review the Supreme Court’s order before taking a decision on the screening of ‘Padmaavat’ in the state.

Chouhan’s statement comes a day after the Supreme Court set aside the notification passed by the states of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat to ban the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s directorial Padmaavat.

Speaking to reporters here, Chouhan said “I have asked our Advocate General to study the order, I have not seen it yet. We will keep our concerns, if any, in the Supreme Court after study of the decision”.

Earlier in the day, the Apex Court refused to entertain a plea filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma, claiming the certificate issued by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to Sanjay Leela Bansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ was illegal.

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said in a statement, “The court has to function as a constitutional court and it has already in its interim order said yesterday that the states can’t block a movie from screening ‘Padmaavat’.

The court on Thursday stayed notifications issued by four states – Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat – to ban the release of the film ‘Padmaavat’.

In its interim order, the court said all states are constitutionally obliged to maintain law and order and prevent any untoward incident during the screening of the film after permission has been granted by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

The flick has run into trouble time and again, as members of several Rajput factions have accused director of the film, Bhansali of distorting history.

Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles, the film is based on the 16th century Sufi poet Mohammad Jayasi’s poem Padmavat.

The film is all set for January 25 worldwide release in Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil. It will be the first Indian film to get a global IMAX 3D release. (ANI)