In India, the Supreme Court has authorized the release of controversial Bollywood film Padmavat, and overturned the decision by four states to ban the screening of the film.
Has been approved by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), but Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana imposed a ban.
The film, which tells the story of a 14th Century Hindu queen of a Muslim ruler, has sparked protests at the national level, by Hindu and caste groups.
It is set to be released on the 25th of January.
“Cinemas are an inseparable part of the right to freedom of speech and expression”, said the Head of the Justice run by mr. dipak Misra.
“… Can not issue notifications banning the screening of a film,” he added.
The producers had approached the Supreme Court to challenge the states ban.Padmavati: Why a Bollywood epic, it’s facing fierce protest
The court had already rejected an appeal by a lawyer to block the film’s global release.
In the month of December, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) told the local media he had not asked for all the cuts. But it is recommended that you change the movie name from Padmavati to Padmavat, after the 16th-century epic poem of the same name.
The film tells the story of a 14th Century Hindu queen belonging to the high Rajput caste and the Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji. Bollywood star Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh play the lead roles.
Hindu groups and the Rajput caste organization allege that the film, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, it depicts a romantic scene between the two characters; the film’s producers deny this.
The protests have seen the Rajput members of the community have burned the effigies, and the threats were directed at the actors.
Although a fictional character, a Hindu queen Padmavati is deified and regarded as a female symbol, in honour of the Ministers.
The rumors about a scene in the film, the Muslim king to dream of a romantic rendezvous with the Hindu queen angered many, including the Rajput Karnik Sena, a fringe of the caste group that has called for the film to be banned.
The controversy comes in the midst of a resurgence of Hindu nationalism after Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to office in 2014.
The muslims and the members of the caste, the Dalits, were killed in a “meat-of-the-art, the iconic Taj Mahal has been attacked over his Muslim heritage and there have been attempts to undermine the Mahatma Gandhi standing above his dream of Hindu-Muslim unity.