'Calculated Plan To Destroy Freedom Of Expression': Mamata Banerjee On Padmavati Row

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CJI critical of another petition to stop release of Padmavati

Mumbai, Nov 21 Maharashtra Tourism Minister Jaykumar Rawal today demanded a ban on the screening of the controversy-ridden film "Padmavati" in the state. The first poster of the movie was released in October after which Rajput groups started alleging that the director had "distorted" historical facts.

He also said that the film has already been through the procedure of censor board but he has his fears as some films still face protests despite receiving certification.

"The state government has made it clear that the movie will be allowed to be screened in Uttar Pradesh only if objectionable parts are removed", he said while interacting with reporters after addressing a rally in support of BJP candidate in Kushinagar.

Rawal said he has written to the CBFC to cancel the "certificate given to the movie" and that it be shown to a committee of expert historians.

"We have been reading about the queen's sacrifice from childhood".

As Padmavati controversy seems to be not ending soon, makers of other upcoming films are feeling a sense of fear, if the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's directorial venture clash with their flicks.

Deeply embarrassed by one of its leaders offering a Rs 10 crore bounty on the heads of actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali of the film "Padmavati", the BJP said it has issued a show cause to him for making the outrageous statement.

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

"Do they want them to believe that Khalji was a hero?" the minister asked. Another senior Union Minister, Birender Singh, said those opposing Padmavati should first watch the film.

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