Padmavati row: Haryana govt to approach censor board seeking ban on the movie

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With the Supreme Court dismissing the petition seeking a stay on the release of movie Padmavati, the Haryana Government has said that it would approach the Censor Board to seek a ban on the upcoming Bollywood film.

Haryana Health minister Anil Vij

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the petition seeking a stay on the release of movie 'Padmavati', saying that the Censor Board should take an independent view. The petition had claimed that the movie allegedly hurts the sentiments of the Rajput community by "distorting and twisting historical facts".

Haryana Health minister Anil Vij claimed that the film producer of 'Padmavati', Sanjay Leela Bhansali, had allegedly wrongly presented the historical facts in the movie to "defame" the image of 'Rani Padmavati' which had hurt the sentiments of lakhs of people.

"Rani Padmavati is the symbol of Indian women' pride. The character assassination of Padmavati will not be tolerated at any level," PTI quoted him as saying. 

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday added a totally new dimension to the controversy over Padmavati by saying that it was funded from Dubai and is a part of an international conspiracy to defame Hindus.

[Padmavati was funded from Dubai, its a conspiracy to defame Hindu women: Swamy]

Last week, Maharashtra Tourism Minister Jaykumar Rawal had demanded a ban on the film and said the state government would be writing to the Censor board on the issue.

The film, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, is slated for release on December 1.

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