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Makers to screen Padmaavat at HC, it seeks report on law and order arrangement

The high court asked the state government to submit a response on the law and order management during the film screening on February 2

jaipur Updated: Jan 23, 2018 22:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
Padmaavat,Jodhpur high court,Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Deepika Padukone at Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai on Tuesday. Padmaavat is set for nationwide release on January 25.(AFP)

Producers of controversial film ‘Padmaavat’ raised on Tuesday the question of law and order before the Rajasthan High Court while agreeing to private screening of the movie.

The high court asked the state government to submit a response on the law and order management during the film screening on February 2.

The court had said on January 12 that it would decide on an FIR against Padmaavat’s director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh after watching the film.

Virendra Singh, a resident of Nagaur district, had filed the FIR in Deedwana police station against the director and actors under sections of the Indian Panel Code for “hurting religious sentiments”.

Bhansali, Padukone and Ranveer Singh moved a petition before the high court seeking quashing of the FIR.

“We told the court today that the producer is ready for the private screening of the film, but it is important to ensure law and order. The public prosecutor sought time for reply. After the government’s response, the court will order the screening,” said Nishant Bora, counsel for Bhansali.

The film, based on a 16th century poem written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi, has been at the centre of controversies ever since Bhansali began shooting in Jaipur in January last year.

The movie, earlier named Padmavati, has been a bone of contention between Rajput groups and the makers. The film is facing violent protests by members of Shri Rajput Karni Sena, which accused Bhansali and the two lead actors of insulting the community’s honour.

The Supreme Court has cleared the decks for the all-India release of Padmaavat on January 25 and stayed orders issued by Rajasthan and Gujarat prohibiting exhibition of the film in their states.

First Published: Jan 23, 2018 22:04 IST