From being named ‘Padmavati’ to ‘Padmaavat’, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film has had a tough ride so far. The film is finally up for release on January 25th when Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor’s film will clash with Akshay Kumar-Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor starrer ‘PadMan’ in midst of protests by Karni Sena demanding a ban on the film.
Controversies continue to chase the film even after a clearance from the Central Board of Film Certification and a U/A certificate along with a new title. Here’s a look at how state governments have reacted to the release of the film in different parts of the country.
UP’s government lead by Yogi Adityanath has said that it would not stop the release of the film in UP. Despite Karni Sena threatening to stall theatres screening Padmavat, UP government has given a green signal to the film so far. Senior Home Department officials told news agency that there was no order as such to ban the proposed release of the film in the state. “But, in view of the protest calls from some quarters and the law and order in mind, a close watch is being kept on the developments,” he added.
Uttarakhand goverment has also not announced anything to stop the release from the film while fringe group workers met CM Trivendra Singh Rawat in Dehradun on Tuesday and demanded that the film not be allowed to be screened in the hill state.
Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan
After the BJP ruled states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh announced that they will not lift ban on Padmaavat inspite of CBFC certification. On Friday, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani also said that Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh starrer won’t get a release in Gujarat. This comes days after Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje announced the same for her state as well.
According to TOI report, CM Vijay Rupani said, “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.” Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan stand against the film hasn’t changed even after Padmavati becomes Padmaavat. He said, “Jo kaha tha, woh hoga (What I said, will happen).”
CM secretariat officials told TOI that the Padmaavat will be banned in MP. “The CM had assured the Rajput Samaj that he would ban the movie if sentiments were hurt. Now, his statement that he will abide by his commitment clearly indicates that ban on the movie will continue until there is a specific decision taken by the Centre or judiciary,” said an official. “With elections barely 10 months away, the CM, it seems, can’t afford to ignore the sentiment of 1 crore Rajputs of MP.”
Earlier CM Nitish Kumar had banned Bhansali film saying that the filmmaker should address the issues raised by people. After film getting a clearance from CBFC, JDU led government in Bihas is yet to announce their stand on Padmaavat release.
Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday had said the government would step in if the law and order situation goes out of control in the tourist season. Parrikar told media, “The government has to step in as a temporary measure if law and order is disturbed. If there is a censor certificate, we are not stopping it from release,” Parrikar added, “If a certificate is given, I don’t see any reason why we should interfere into it. This was to be released in December-end when there is a chaotic situation in Goa and I can’t spare police force. I don’t see it as an issue as you see it. My issue is law and order.”