While Rajasthan's Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has already refused to let the magnum opus release in the state due to mass protests against the historical drama by Rajput outfits, UP government is satisfied with the modifications ordered and cleared by the Censor Board.
Mumbai: After Rajasthan Chief Minister made a decision to ban Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmaavat" in the state, On Friday Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani announced that the controversial film will not hit theatres in his state, as per reports.
At least 159 activists of the Rajasthan-based Karni Sena were arrested on Friday while protesting outside the Central Board of Film Certification's office here against the clearance given to Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavat", earlier titled "Padmavati".
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The CBFC, headed by Prasoon Joshi, had suggested to the makers to change the name from Padmavati to Padmavat. The film's social media pages were updated to reflect this change. Senior Home Department officials told news agency that there was no order as such to ban the proposed release of the film in the state.
The Karni Sena has also demanded the resignation of Prasoon Joshi, the chairman of CBFC.
Deepika Padukone-starrer Padmavati has renamed Padmaavat a few days ago.
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Hearing a petition filed by the director of the film, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, seeking the quashing of an FIR lodged against him at Didwana in Merta in March previous year, the court posted the matter to January 23.
The controversy around Padmaavat has arisen due to alleged "improper" portrayal of the legendary Rajput queen, but even otherwise Gujarat has a history of banning films over trivial issues like hurting sentiments of some sections of people. However, Gujarat's Chief Minister Vijay Rupani refuses to lift the ban imposed on the film before the assembly elections citing law and order concerns. Over 150 individuals were arrested in Mumbai.
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