SC refuses to order cuts in Padmavati before CBFC review 

Supreme Court. Picture by Prem Singh

New Delhi, Nov. 20 (PTI): The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea seeking deletion of certain alleged objectionable scenes from the movie 'Padmavati', terming it as premature.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud was informed that the film has not yet received the certification from the Central Board of Film Certification.

”Our interference in this writ petition will tantamount to pre-judging, which we are not inclined to do,” the bench said.

Right wing organisations allege the film has ‘objectionable’ scenes between the Rajput queen Padmavati, played by Deepika Padukone, and the Muslim ruler Allauddin Khilji, played by Ranveer Singh.

Advocate M.L. Sharma, who had filed the petition, alleged that though the CBFC has not given a certificate to the movie, the songs of the film have already been released.

Sharma had approached the court seeking a direction for removal of all scenes of alleged 'character assassination' of Queen Padmavati from the movie before its release.

On Sunday, Viacom 18, the makers of the Bollywood film, said that it has deferred the movie's release, originally scheduled on December 1.

The petition has sought directions to the Centre, Padmavati director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Mukesh Ambani, the chairman of Viacom 18, which has co-produced the movie along with Bhansali, and the CBFC. 


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