Padmavati banned in Madhya Pradesh

Padmavati's release has been banned in Madhya Pradesh

Padmavati's release has been banned in Madhya Pradesh

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on 20 November condemned the ongoing controversy over the film, labeling it as "unfortunate" and a "calculated plan" to destroy freedom of expression.

He said, this is disrespectful and "The insult will not be tolerated" adding that the movie will not be released in MP even if the censor board agrees to release the movie.

The chief minister made this announcement at an event where BJPs Madhya Pradesh chief Nandkumar Singh Chauhan called Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali a "sinner" and alleged that in the movie Padmavati, history had been tampered with for the sake of money.

Chouhan said that a film which has "distorted facts" about Rajput queen Padmavati and shows or says anything to disrespect her, will not be released in Madhya Pradesh.

"I have myself studied history and even been to Chittor. The entire country is speaking in one voice that historical facts were distorted (in the movie)", he said.

An entirety of three states has prohibited the screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's new release Padmavati.

He said he was for a ban on the movie in the state as many delegations from across Jammu region had approached him on the issue in the last couple of days.

"The film that has distorted the history, will not be screened in the state of Madhya Pradesh", ANI reported Chouhan as saying.

Protests are a justified recourse in a democratic system, said Singh, who leads the Congress government in Punjab.

"The film has hurt the sentiments of people, we are unanimously demanding a ban on it", he said.The makers of the film, which was scheduled to be released on December 1, had on Sunday deferred the release following protests and threats. "We condemn this super emergency", Banerjee tweeted.

Padmavati, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor has been in the eye of storm since it started filming.

Some Hindu groups, mainly the Karni Sena of Rajasthan, have been vigorously protesting against the movie's release while some political outfits have demanded that its release be deferred in view of the Gujarat Assembly elections.

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