'Padmavati' distorts history, will not release in MP: Chouhan

In MP an official proposed that a song from the film be banned from schools but the order was later withdrawn

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Wednesday declared that the his government would not allow release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavati" in the poll-bound state.

The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday said that it will not let Bollywood movie "Padmavati" be released in the state unless its "controversial portions" are removed.

Actor Ranveer Singh, one of the three lead actors of "Padmavati" said he stands by the movie and its director Sanjay Leela Bhansali amidst the ongoing controversy and protests. We respect their feelings and with elections on the anvil, the state government does not want any controversy.

"Etihaisik tathyon se khilwaad kar agar Padmavati ji ke samman ke khilaaf film mein drishya dikhaye gaye hain, uss Film ka pradharshan Madhya Pradesh ki dharti par nahi hoga (The history has been tinkered with and Queen Padmavati has been shown in poor ligh, such a movie will not be allowed in Madhya Pradesh)", he said. "We believe in freedom of speech & expression but any foul play with our great culture is not tolerated", Rupani tweeted. But the parliamentary panel doesn't have a locus standi to take a decision on the film's release. According to a report by news18, a parliamentary panel (Lok Sabha's petition panel) has asked the CBFC and the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry to submit a report on Padmavati by 30 November.

The matter was taken up for consideration by the Lok Sabha Committee on Petitions after two BJP MPs from Rajasthan, CP Joshi and Om Birla, filed a plea regarding objectionable content in the movie. The director along with the actress is receiving threats and the release date of the film has also been postponed. The first poster of the movie was released in October after which Rajput groups started alleging that the director had "distorted" historical facts.

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