After being banned in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, ‘Padmavati’ has now met the same fate in Bihar.
The ban on the film has been placed due to alleged distortion of history. “As people from several quarters have been raising questions on ’Padmavati’, the director of the film should clarify his stand. Till then, the film will not be shown in Bihar.”, said Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar. The portrayal of Rani Padmavati dancing has also caused issues. “Until and unless objectionable scenes are not removed from ‘Padmavati’, we will not allow it to be released in the state.”, said Krishna Kumar Rishi, Minister for Art, Culture and Youth Affairs.
The Supreme Court has condemned such behaviour by local politicians. “When the matter is pending for CBFC’s consideration, how can people holding public offices comment on whether CBFC should issue a certificate or not? It’ll prejudice decision making of CBFC…All concerned people, holding responsible posts must be guided by rule of law and shouldn’t venture into passing comments on films which haven’t been cleared by CBFC.”, Indian Express reported. The court dismissed a plea to halt the international release of the film.
‘Padmavati’ has now been postponed indefinitely due to the backlash.