Stay on 'Padmaavat' ban: Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh ask Supreme Court to reconsider order

Deepika Padukone in a poster from the film 'Padmaavat'. Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Jan 22, 2018, 05.27 AM (IST)

After it stayed the ban on the film "Padmaavat" by state governments, the Rajasthan and the Madhya Pradesh governments today moved the Supreme Court seeking a modification of the top court order.

The two states don't want the film to be released.

The Supreme Court will hear the matter tomorrow.

Earlier this month, the top court had stayed the ban on the screening of "Padmaavat".

The court had also restrained other states from issuing any such notification or order banning the screening of the film.

The court had said that a state cannot ban a movie on the expectation that it will lead to law and order troubles and that it was the states' job to ensure peace.

The movie's producers -- Bhansali Productions and Viacom18 Motion Pictures -- had approached the Supreme Court after four states, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat, had banned the release. 

The Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed film, which co-stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, is up for release on January 25.

The movie has received the clearance of the Central Board of Film Certification after some modifications including changing the title's name from "Padmavati" to "Padmaavat".

The Rajput Karni Sena and several BJP leaders have opposed the film on the grounds that it violates Rajput sentiments, a claim that Sanjay Leela Bhansali has repeatedly rubbished.