Vijay Rupani says to block Padmavati release in Gujarat

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The website also has a note for parents that says, "Some versions of this film are displayed in the 3D or IMAX format and some younger children may find them a more intense experience". "We believe in freedom of speech & expression but any foul play with our great culture is not tolerated", Rupani tweeted.

"The Government of Gujarat will not allow #Padmavati - a movie hurting sentiments of Rajputs - to get released in the State".

The movie was set to be released during the first week of December.

"Following massive protests, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind Padmavati, on November 19, announced in a statement that they were voluntarily deferring the release of the film out of "respect and regard for the law of the land" including the Central Board of Film Certification".They said a new release date will be announced once the "requisite clearances" are in place.

The censor board has a job which it should be allowed to do, the Centre said on Tuesday even as the row over Padmavati raged on with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath claiming that director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was no less guilty than the fringe groups extending threats to him and actor Deepika Padukone.

The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a fresh plea seeking a direction to the makers of Padmavati to not release the film outside India on December 1.

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Moreover, the CBFC has recently sent back the film to its makers citing "technical deficiencies". The film missed the 68-day deadline for submission to the Censor Board for review and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's decision to screen Padmavati privately without a certificate was frowned upon.

Padmavati to keep its original release date for United Kingdom audience.

However, historians are yet to confirm whether queen Padmini actually existed or not and the film has been inspired by a 16th-century poem.

The protesters of the film, including descendants of Rajput rulers, stated that the film hurts the sentiments of the community and the Hindus in general by distorting historical facts.

Bollywood is in chaos after death threats to a female star forced producers to postpone a much-anticipated movie.

Even as Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat have banned the film, other BJP-ruled states have demanded that there should be no distortion of history in the film.

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