Padmaavat: Allahabad High Court issues notice against Prasoon Joshi

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Allahabad High Court on January 16, issued a contempt notice against CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi for ‘failing to address’ the grievances of a man in connection with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat. Kamta Prasad Singhal had filed a PIL in court, seeking a ban on the film, saying the movie promoted ‘sati’.

After hearing the PIL, the court dismissed the petition on November 9, 2017, and directed Singhal to approach CBFC with his grievance. Following the court’s orders, Singhal moved the representation before the chairman of the board on November 13, 2017, but Joshi is yet to decide on it and the three weeks given to him by the high court have now lapsed. Joshi has now been served with a contempt notice by the court.

Padmaavat (earlier Padmavati) is based on the poem by Mallik Muhammad Jayasi. The movie featuring Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini, Shahid Kapoor as Raja Rawal Ratan Singh, and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji, and has been at the epicenter of multiple controversies. Rajput Karni Sena, which has time and again alleged that the movie distorts historical facts and shows Rajputs in a ‘bad light’, has now claimed that if the film is released, Rajput women will commit Jauhar.

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A member of the Karni Sena told a daily,

“If the film’s screening is not stopped, they will perform jauhar (mass immolation). The men will go to cinema halls with swords to stop its screening. We are also planning a big protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi from 22 January where thousands of Rajputs from across the country will be gathering to stage a massive protest.”

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According to reports, 1,700 women have registered their names, addresses and consent letters with the Jauhar Samiti in Chittorgarh. The film has been banned in the states of Rajasthan, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat. Latest reports suggest the producers have moved Supreme Court against the film being banned in certain states.

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