Padmavati Row: After UP and MP, Punjab also banned the movie release

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He said even if the movie is passed by the Censor Board for release in the country, it won't make it to the screens in the state.

Mumbai: In a major development to the ongoing "Padmavati" crisis, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has banned the Sanjay Leela Bhansali flick in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

"The film which has distorted facts about Rajput queen Padmavati and shows or says anything to disrespect her, will not be released in Madhya Pradesh", Mr Chouhan said after holding a meeting with representatives of Rajput community on the issue. "So, this is distortion of history and no one will accept it". But on Sunday, it was confirmed that the Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus has been delayed.

Rajput groups allege distortion of historical facts in Padmavati
Rajput groups allege distortion of historical facts in Padmavati

National Conference (NC) MLA Devender Rana urged Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to ban the release of "Padmavati" in Jammu and Kashmir, whenever it gets the go-ahead from the CBFC. The body said that the movie will be reviewed and certified as per set norms.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, while addressing a rally in his State, called the character of "Padmavati" as "Rajmata" and said, "The film which has distorted facts will not be released in the State".

Padmavati was slated to release on December 1; however, the release has been postponed, as the film is yet to receive approval from Central Board of Film Certification.

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"The Padmavati controversy is not only unfortunate but also a calculated plan of a political party to destroy the freedom to express ourselves. If the CM was so serious about the film hurting people's sentiments, why was he silent all these days, even as protests were being witnessed all across the state including in Ratlam bordering Rajasthan?" asked Pankaj Chaturvedi, Congress spokesperson. Ministers and erstwhile royals are also adding voice to the protest. "We condemn this super emergency", Banerjee tweeted.

"Padmavati" features Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles.

The movie has been facing flak from various groups, including Shri Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering with historical facts.

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