MUMBAI: India’s epic film Padmavati (renamed as Padmavat) has been cleared from Supreme Court to release all across the country.
Four states including Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana had banned its screening.
The producers had approached the Supreme Court to challenge the states’ ban
The film is no set to release on January 25.
The film tells the story of a 14th Century Hindu queen and a Muslim ruler. Its controversial story has sparked nationwide protests by Hindu and caste groups.
“Cinemas are an inseparable part of the right to free speech and expression,” said Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
“States… cannot issue notifications prohibiting the screening of a film,” he added.
Padmavati was earlier scheduled for release on December 1, but the studio had to delay it amid the controversy the film stirred up in sections of the country.
The movie is starring Shahid Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh.
The Shree Rajput Karni Sena alleged the movie for distorting historical facts related to the Rajput community. The group has been persistent in its demand for a ban on the movie ever since.