Adding to the ongoing Padmavati controversy, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has sought for a ban on the Padmavati "till the controversy is resolved". After the Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, Gujarat is the third BJP-run state to ban the film. Rupani has said that the film's release will "spoil the poll environment" and that he will review the ban post elections.
“There are issues with the film, our sympathy is with those who are protesting against it and that is the reason we will not allow its release in the state till those issues are resolved," Vijay Rupani added.
"We can't allow our history to be distorted. We believe in freedom of speech and expression but any foul play with our great culture will not be tolerated. The decision not to allow screening of the movie was taken keeping in mind the law and order situation in the poll-bound state,” the Chief Minister said.
This comes right after Haryana CM ML Khattar on Wednesday said that the state government will decide the fate of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati only after censor board clears it.
The Information and Broadcasting department of the state issued a notification banning the film's release, "In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of the section 6 of the Gujarat Cinemas (Regulation) Act, 2004, the government of Gujarat hereby imposes ban on Hindi feature film "Padmavati" produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions Pvt Ltd within the jurisdiction of the state of Gujarat."Meanwhile, a Lok Sabha committee has asked the Central Board of Film Certification and the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to submit a report on the Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor starrer by November 30.