No screening of Padmavati in MP if it distorts history:Chouhan

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A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra observed that Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has not yet given certificate to the movie and the apex court can not "injunct" a statutory body from doing its duty. We have faith that we will soon obtain the requisite clearnces to the release of the film.

The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said this after it was told that the CBFC has yet to clear the film.

The period drama starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor has been facing protests from various communal groups, including Shree Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering historical facts.

However, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee came out in the support of Sanjay Bhansali's magnum opus and tweeted that the controversy around "Padmavati" was a manufactured one to suppress the freedom of expression. All songs have been released. They will see the guidelines which are there in the Act (Cinematograph Act). "Should the Supreme Court intervene in stopping the release of a movie?"

"Needless to say that the pleadings are premature", the bench said, adding that CBFC was a statutory body and the court could not injunct it from doing its duty of certifying the film.

The Karni Sena has stated that its sentiments have been hurt by the movie, as it shows Rani Padmavati as a dancer, even though she would never have danced in front of anyone.

Sharma had approached the court seeking a direction for removal of all scenes of alleged "character assassination" of Queen Padmavati from the movie before its release.

Producers ofKarni Sena have chose to extend the December 1 date for the release of the film Padmavati that has stirred a controversy.

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