Threats to Deepika, Bhansali unacceptable: Nana Patekar


"They are violating the principle of rule of law", the court said further observing, "We say nothing more, nothing less for the time being".

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 Supreme Court will hear the plea filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma against the film Padmavati on Tuesday.

Actor Nana Patekar on Thursday said threats to actress Deepika Padukone and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali regarding the release of their controversial film "Padmavati" are "wrong and unacceptable".

The 190-crore movie is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali who has denied reports that the movie suggests a romance between Rajput warrior queen Padmini and Alauddin Khilji, the Delhi sultan who was obsessed with her beauty.

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Top Union ministers too have said Bhansali should consult with opponents of the film and historians to arrive at a version that is acceptable to them all. Now that they have applied for 3D (certification), we will have to look into the new application. The first application has been returned to the makers of the movie because there were no disclaimers. "Padmavati can not be released in Bihar till the government receives proper clarification from the makers of the film", he said, reported the Deccan Chronicle.

Taking exception to some portions of Sharma's petition, the court said it was "unwarranted and scurrilous". "We will restart our plan (the release date) once we get the censor certificate", a source close to the producers said. The court is saying that the remarks were tantamount to pre-judging the movie is yet to be certified by the censor board.

The Chief Justice, Dipak Mishra said that how can the person in the public authority can comment on whether the Central Board of Film Certification should issue a certificate or not?

The film stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in the lead.

The ban by Bihar, ruled by a JD-U-BJP coalition, follows that by BJP ruled Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.