Padmaavat release row: Rajasthan, Haryana say they respect SC decision, will see if can appeal

Is Padmaavat becoming more than a film? Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Jan 18, 2018, 09.47 AM (IST)

Shortly after Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh decided to   ban Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus, the Supreme Court decided to stay the ban today.

The Supreme Court's mandate has triggered a wave of reactions from all across the country, especially from leaders belonging to the four states

Rajasthan's Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said that he respected SC's decision and is ready to abide by it. 

"My department and I will look for a legal provision if one is possible after reading SC's decision and then we will move forward," he noted. 

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Another reaction came from Haryana's Health Minister Anil Vij who said that the Supreme Court gave its directive without "listening to our side". 

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"Supreme Court is the supreme so will abide by the decision. We will also examine the decision and see if there is a scope of appealing against it," Vij noted. 

Deepika Padukone starrer Padmaavat was cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification with a UA certificate last month.

The Board, headed by Prasoon Joshi, called for a few modifications to be made to the content of the film including the one that required the film's title to be changed from Padmavati to Padmaavat.

The makers of the film were reported to have agreed to the Censor Board's suggestions after which the movie was set for a release on January 25.

Various Rajput groups have been protesting against Padmaavat's release including the Karni Sena. 

Harish Salve, the lawyer representing film's producers noted in the court today saying, "If somebody has a problem, then he or she can approach appellate tribunal for relief. The state can't touch the content of a film. Request the Central government to pass a direction to the states for a better and an effective step and solution,"