The Hush Post: A day before Padmaavat is all set for release, some of the distributors have said no to the release of Padmaavat fearing backlash from the Karni Sena. This is particularly being reported from Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh. This despite the Supreme Court asking the states to provide complete security to the multiplexes and its owners at the time the film would be shown.
Karni Sena members protested on Delhi-Jaipur highway and Delhi-Ajmer highway, burnt tyres and stoned buses. In Gurgaon, protesters block the Wazirpur-Pataudi road and burnt tyres while in Mumbai, the police arrested 30 Karni Sena workers as a preventive measure; 44 of them were arrested in Ahmedabad. In Ahmedabad, police opened fire on Tuesday as a mob burnt nearly 30 two-wheelers and smashed shop. Protests also took place in in Muzaffarnagar and Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.
Earlier, the highest judicial body of the country, the Supreme Court had cleared the release of Padmaavat.
Once the SC had cleared the movie, it meant an ‘automatic’ null on the orders and notifications of various states government which said that the movie will not be shown. A couple of days ago, Rajasthan and Gujarat government had issued orders that the movie cannot be screened in the two states.
The orders were given by a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud. The order also circumvents any such future notifications by other state governments.
The Karni Sena had also threatened that their womenfolk will perform jauhar a day before the movie is released.