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Gujarat govt bans release of 'Padmaavat' in state

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

The today issued a banning the screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming period drama "Padmaavat" across the state, saying the step was necessary to maintain and order.

Before the Assembly polls in in November last year, the state had banned the movie, which was earlier titled as "Padmavati".

While issuing the today, for Home said the ban on the movie was necessary to maintain and order.

As per the notification, the ban was imposed as per the provisions of the Cinemas (Regulation) Act of 2004.

"In exercise conferred by sub-section 1 of section 6 of the Act, of Gujarat hereby imposes the ban on Hindi feature film 'Padmaavat'...No cinema owners or distributors shall exhibit the said movie in any cinema/multiplex/ video within the jurisdiction of Gujarat," the said.

It added that the ban was imposed "in public interest and to maintain and order situation in the state".

While talking to reporters here, Jadeja said the act had a provision wherein the state can ban a movie if it has the potential to dilute the law and order situation and public order.

"We have learnt that the movie, originally named as 'Padmavati' will be released with a new name 'Padmaavat'. However, people across the country are against the movie, as they feel that history has been distorted. With this notification, the movie will be considered as a non-certified one and will not be screened in the state," said Jadeja.

The notification was issued days after the Gujarat Chief Minister announced that the ban on the movie will continue despite the change of name.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 20:55 IST