Gujarat bans ‘Padmaavat’ & Madhya Pradesh could follow

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Gujarat has joined Rajasthan in banning Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial period film, ‘Padmaavat’. Chief minister Vijay Rupani said the film will not release in the state according to a tweet shared on Friday.

While the Central Board of Film Certification has released the film with a U/A certificate and a title change from ‘Padmavati’ to ‘Padmaavat’, the state governments are still not on the same page about the film’s release, reports Hindustan Times.

Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani explained to the media that an order for the banning of the film was already in place, “The Gujarat government’s earlier order banning screening of the film stays. There is no scope to release in the state unless any changes in the earlier order are made”.

“Jo kaha tha wo hoga (What we promised will indeed happen)”, was the reply from Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan when he was quizzed about the ban in that state.

The film triggered a huge controversy last year with protests from members of Rajputs and other Hindu organisations against alleged objectionable scenes concerning Rani Padmavati.

The film is slated for a 25th January release and stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.

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