February 19, 2018

Ahead of Padmaavat's release, right-wing goons attack school bus

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Exhibitors in two other BJP territories - Haryana and Uttar Pradesh - are reluctant to act.

A bus carrying school children was attacked, too. A mob in Nalanda district's Bihar Sharif town attacked a cinema hall, tore up posters of the film, damaged vehicles and threatened to set ablaze the theatre if the film is screened.

Miscreants reportedly vandalised the historic Chittor fort.

"First and foremost, I am extremely proud to see Shahid essay that role and do so much justice to it. Watching him onscreen has been such a visual treat, I really feel without any biases that he is the best thing in the film", he said. His next film, Padmaavat, being hailed by critics as a painting on celluloid, releases worldwide today and promises to offer an extraordinary experience to the audience.

Chief Justice Misra had said a film may bomb at the box office or people may choose to not watch it, but the State can not use its machinery to prohibit ia film's exhibition citing risk to public order. All pubs and bars will remain open.

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Groups critical of the project have accused its director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, of distorting history by portraying a Muslim ruler as the "lover" of Queen Padmavati of the Hindu Rajput warrior clan. However, there are a few changes to the title and is set be released as "Padmaavat". The notice follows an attempted immolation bid outside it.

With such violent protests surrounding Padmaavat, indeed the curiosity amongst the audience regarding the movie has reached its peak.

In Varanasi, Roshan Pandey, the state secretary of Hindu Samaj Party, submitted an application written with his blood to the city magistrate.

Even as protests continued in various parts of Haryana against the screening of the movie and a bus was also torched by protestors in Gurugram, the State police claimed to have made foolproof security arrangements to maintain law and order situation.

India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that all Indian states have to show the film after it was cleared for release by the country's censor board, overruling a plea filed by some states, such as Rajasthan, which had opposed the film's release. The Rajasthan government had moved the apex court requesting it to review its order, but the court turned down the request.

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