Yet to Take a Call on Padmaavat Release, Says Shivraj Singh Chouhan

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"State. can not issue notifications prohibiting the screening of a film".

Rajasthan, in its application, has referred to several recent incidents of violence that has taken place in there and sought modification of the order to the extent that the movie is not allowed to be released in the state.

Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria had said on Sunday that protecting the "rich history of Rajasthan", along with law and order considerations, would be the basis of their appeal.

Meanwhile, along with Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana governments too banned the release of the movie, amid violent protests and threats from various Rajput groups. However, it has been declared that the screening of the film won't be allowed in these states.

Padmavat will release on 25 January.

The state also cited upcoming by-elections and intelligence inputs to support its plea and said there may be law and order problems if the film is released. The film stars Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor in the leads.

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However, he warned, in case cinema halls screened the movie, they will be responsible for the consequences.

On Sunday, at least 200 Rajput women took out a "jauhar swabhimaan" rally in Rajasthan's Chittorgarh town and ratcheted up the pressure with memorandums to ban the film or give them permission to end their lives.

Protesters claim the film falsely depicts a romance between 14th-century Hindu queen Padmavati and Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji.

Earlier the film was slated to release on Dec 1, 2017.

Hindu groups and Rajput caste organisations allege that the movie, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, depicts an intimate romantic scene between the two characters, which they say "disrespects" her character. After the censor board cleared the film for release, following changes in the script and title, reporters asked the CM on January 12 if it would be released in MP.

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