“How can you stop exhibit of a film” Supreme Court Lifts Ban On Padmaavat In All States

The movie ‘Padmaavat’ has been in news for all the wrong reasons. The makers had to release an ad in the newspapers which had  disclaimers instead of promoting the film. Even after it got a CBFC permission, few states had declared a ban.

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, along with the film’s producer and marketing rights holder moved Supreme Court to seek a direction from the governments of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana to ensure safe screening of ‘Padmaavat’.

So today, Supreme Court cleared the way for the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period film ‘Padmaavat’. The apex court has ruled that no state has the right to impose a ban on the movie


It is also reported that the Chief Justice of India, during the hearing, slammed the state governments for abruptly banning the film. TV reports quoted CJI saying, “How can you stop exhibit of a film? My constitutional conscience is shocked.”

He also reportedly said, “State can’t ban the film once the CBFC gives clearance.” He also put forth his arguments before the apex court. Times Now quotes Salve saying, “State has the political constituency to cater to, so I can’t ban the release. An executive doesn’t have a say on freedom of speech.”


The film was given a U/A certificate from CBFC recently. The board had asked the producers to change the title, along with four other modifications. However, the Karni Sena had refused to budge from its stand, as it has called for a “Janata curfew” on the day of the release of the film.

People on Twitter can’t stop appreciating the move –

Catch the trailer here –

I can’t wait for the movie already!

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