The step-up in rhetoric came after India's Supreme Court on 27 November warned politicians and those in public offices against making threats or adverse comments on film, which has led to violence across parts of India and also death threats to the Bollywood actress and the film's director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
The Panel will be chaired by Anurag Thakur and will also be hearing from CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi and officials from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The main reason behind inviting the director is just to know his views related to the controversy which is going on about the upcoming movie "Padmavati".
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said, "We are governed by the rule of law".
Yesterday, the makers of the movie "Padmavati" submitted a fresh plea application for a 3D version of the controversial movie which has been waiting for the clearance from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
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The bench which also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud termed as "misconceived", the prayers sought by Sharma in his fresh petition and said that the court can not pre-judge a movie which is yet to be certified by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The first application has been returned to the makers of the movie because there were no disclaimers. The court is saying that the remarks were tantamount to pre-judging the movie is yet to be certified by the censor board.
Historians are also divided on whether Padmini actually existed. They will restart our plan once the movie will get the certificate. "That will prejudice the decision of the CBFC", the judges said.
While Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath blamed the filmmakers for the controversy, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh said distortion of history can not be tolerated.
The court's remarks adopt implication with the chief ministers of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh banning the film. The Deepika Padukone-Shahid Kapoor-Ranveer Singh film was was earlier scheduled to release on December 1.