Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has come out in support of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, after a special screening of the film at his ashram on Wednesday night.
“I loved the movie and haven’t found anything objectionable about it. Very shocked to see people protesting, as the movie is about Rajput honour and is a beautiful tribute to Rani Padmavati. I request people to go watch the movie, it will make you proud. Padmaavat should be celebrated across India,”
The Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the Deepika Padukone-starrer after suspending a ban put on the movie by four states.
A bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, also restrained all states from banning movie. “Creative freedom, freedom of speech and expression can’t be guillotined..artistic freedom has to be protected,” the SC said.
The CJI said that even ‘Bandit Queen’ passed the test of the court. “In Delhi High Court, I had also given a judgment on ‘Dhobi Ghat’. I dismissed the petition to ban the movie by imposing a cost of Rs 25,000 on the petitioner,” he said.
The court said that conditional freedom can’t wait for a day. This remark came after Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta sought more time. “Give us a day at least. We will demonstrate the reasons. It is not a case where a man is going to be hanged in a day,” he said.
On Wednesday, a bench of the SC comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud considered the submission of the counsel of Viacom 18 and other producers of the film that the plea be heard urgently as the movie was set for all-India release on January 25.
Governments of Haryana, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand have declared that they will not allow screening of the movie, which also stars Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles.