Gujarat bans Padmavat, MP may follow suit

Gujarat bans Padmavat, MP may follow suit

Gujarat will not allow the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavat despite clearance from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

"There is no change in our stand. We had announced before Assembly elections that we would not allow the screening of the movie owing to sentiments of a section of society," Chief Minister Vijay Rupani told mediapersons on Friday.

With Rupani's announcement, Gujarat becomes the second state after Rajasthan to take such a decision on the release of the mega movie starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, which was earlier scheduled to be released on December 1.

The film is likely to release on January 25.

MP may follow suit

Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan indicated that Padmavat will not be allowed to be released in his state, PTI reports from Bhopal.

Asked if the film would be banned in Madhya Pradesh, Chouhan told reporters on Friday, "Jo Kaha tha, wo hoga (What I had said will happen)." He did not clarify.

While speaking to some members of the Rajput community on November 20, Chouhan had made it clear that the film would not be allowed to release in Madhya Pradesh if it contains scenes "breaching the honour" of Rajput queen Padmavati or features "distorted facts".

"We will not tolerate any distortion of historical facts. The entire country is speaking in one voice that historical facts were distorted (in the movie)," he had said.

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