The furore surrounding Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati refuses to die down. The matter has now escalated to a point where the Supreme Court had to hear a plea challenging the release of the Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor-starrer.
The Supreme Court turned down the plea challenging the release of the film. It said that since Padmavati hasn’t been cleared by the censor board yet, the court could not take it up.
The Rajasthan government will also form a committee to probe the entire controversy and the fate of Padmavati in the state will be determined after the report from the committee.
Meanwhile, Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) member Arjun Gupta wrote to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh that strict action should be taken against Padmavati director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and that he should be tried for treason.
BJP MLA Raj Purohit has also written a letter to the Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani seeking a ban on the period drama for showing Rani Padmini in a poor light.
Various groups have been protesting against Padmavati for its alleged distortion of history. There were reports that the film would show a romantic dream sequence between Rani Padmini (Deepika Padukone) and Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh). However, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the team of Padmavati have vehemently denied that such a scene is part of the film.
In fact, Sanjay Leela Bhansali released a video earlier this week, in which he reiterated that the film has been made responsibly and contains no such scene that will hurt the sentiments of the Rajput community.
Padmavati is slated to release on December 1.