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SC to hear fresh plea to stall release of 'Padmavati' outside India

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SC to hear fresh plea to stall release of 'Padmavati' outside India

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear on November 28 a fresh plea seeking a direction to makers of the Bollywood film Padmavati not to release it outside India on December 1.

A bench comprising chief justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it would hear on Tuesday the plea that alleged that the makers of Padmavati misrepresented facts before the court with regard to Censor Board's approval on releasing songs and the promo.

"We will take it up on Tuesday. You (advocate) file a writ petition," the bench told advocate M L Sharma, who mentioned his fresh plea for an urgent hearing.

Sharma alleged that grave damage will be done to social harmony if the movie is allowed to be released outside India.

He also sought criminal prosecution of the makers of the movie for allegedly misrepresenting facts that the songs and promos were cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

Earlier, the apex court had dismissed his plea seeking to delete certain alleged objectionable scenes from movie.

The bench had observed that the CBFC has not yet given certificate to the movie and the apex court cannot "injunct" a statutory body from doing its duty.

The counsel for one of the respondents had earlier told the court that the film's promo was released and it has got the requisite CBFC approval.

Sharma had approached the court seeking a direction for removal of all scenes of alleged 'character assassination' of Queen Padmavati from the movie before its release.

Viacom 18, the makers of the film, had earlier said that they have deferred the movie's release which was originally scheduled on December 1.

The set of the movie was vandalized twice -- in Jaipur and Kolhapur -- and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was roughed up by members of Karni Sena during the Jaipur schedule of the film earlier this year.

BBFC clears uncut version of Padmavati in UK

Meanwhile, the movie has been cleared by British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) for the UK audience. The BBFC has given the film a 12A rating and was passed without any cuts. The 12A rating mandates that the film cannot be viewed by a child under the age of 12 unless accompanied by an adult.

However, the film's producers said that the film will not be screened in UK unless it is cleared in India.

The British Censor Board has listed the film on its official website, stating, "Padmavati (12A) moderate violence, injury detail." It also mentioned that "all known versions of this work passed uncut".

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