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Lawer files PIL in Supreme Court against Padmavati, wants 'objectionable scenes' removed

The supreme court has suggested that it will 'consider the plea'. 

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In news that is more troublesome for Sanjay Leela Bhansali, a petition has been filed in the Supreme Court against Padmavati on Friday. The petition seeks the removal of 'objectionable scenes' from Bhansali's film. 

ANI reported that the plea has been filed by a lawyer in the Supreme Court. Even more troubling news is that the highest court has suggested that it will 'consider the plea'. 

The court's response comes a day after it threw out another petition regarding the ban of the documentary An Insignificant Man based on Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal's rise to power. The bench at the Supreme Court disposed the petition saying, "It's worthy to mention that Freedom of Speech and Expression is sacrosanct and the said right should not be ordinarily interfered with." 

Another Public Interest Litigation (PIL), in Delhi high court on Thursday, sought the setting up of an expert committee of historians and social activists prior to the release of Padmavati on 1 December.

The PIL by Akhand Rashtrawadi Party said the committee headed by a retired Delhi high court judge should include a Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) member and ensure there were no "distortions" in historic facts in respect of Rani Padmavati of Chittorgarh.

The committee should ensure that no sentiments are hurt with the release of the film, said the plea.

"The petitioner has come to know from reliable sources that the movie portrayed the imaginary or fictitious character of Rani Padmavati and there is distortion of historic facts about her. No individual or a group has any right to play with the sentiments or emotions of any caste or community by distorting Indian history or a historic icon," said the plea.

The plea said the CBFC requires to examine/re-examine the movie's contents with the help of historians or authors with excellent knowledge of historic facts about Rani Padmavati, so that wrong or fictitious image of the queen will not go before people worldwide nor public sentiments hurt.

The PIL, filed through lawyer Puneesh Grover, made the ministry of information and broadcasting, producer Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, director-producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali, movie's scriptwriter and the CBFC as respondents.

Currently, Bhansali's film is under siege with threats against the filmmaker, and his lead actors, particularly, Deepika Padukone. The Maharashtra state government has offered protection to both Bhansali and Padukone after threats on their life. In response to these threats, security has been beefed up outside Padukone's residence in Mumbai

Padmavati is set to be released on 1 December.