Delhi HC rejects plea alleging glorification of Sati in Padmaavat

The high court on January 25 had rejected a Rajasthan-based group’s plea seeking quashing of the certification granted to the film, saying the Supreme Court had permitted its release. Central government standing counsel Manish Mohan, who appeared for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the censor board, had opposed the plea, saying the movie was certified for public viewing after considering all the aspects. The high court also said in its detailed order that the Board has exercised its discretion carefully and not given a ‘U’ certificate for unrestricted viewing but granted ‘U/A’ certification. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar dismissed the plea saying the petitioner should have approached the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) at an appropriate time. “As on date, the film stands released as well. It had also restrained other states from issuing any such notification or order banning the screening of the film. Related News
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Updated: February 22, 2018 8:29 pm

Delhi High Court dismisses plea against Deepika Padukone’s Padmaavat. The entire writ petition is premised on the sole submission that it has elaborately choreographed the ‘Sati’ or ‘Jauhar’ scenes in the history of Indian cinema. The film, which hit the theatres on January 25, is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and has Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in the lead roles. The court had earlier observed that according to one of the disclaimers in the film, it is a work of fiction and therefore, it does not show any intention or animus on the part of the producers or director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, to propagate the practice. The same is dismissed.” the court said. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App The apex court had paved the way for nationwide release of the film by staying the ban on its screening in Gujarat and Rajasthan. The writ petitioner does not even state at all that the film is “supporting, justifying or propagating the practice of sati.” It is therefore, not possible to hold that the film would invite penal action under the Commission of Sati (Prevention) Act, 1987. The film stands released without any complaints and it is already in public domain. The bench also said that writs cannot be issued against artistic works premised on individual perceptions. The petition, filed through advocate Mehmood Pracha, had sought directions to the Delhi Police to lodge FIR against Ajit Andhare, one of the producers, and Bhansali. The set of the movie was vandalised twice — in Jaipur and Kolhapur, while its director Bhansali was roughed up by members of the Karni Sena last year.