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Despite SC order, Padmaavat will not be released in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Bihar and MP

Rajput bodies, theatres and multiplexes in the states have decided to not release the film.


The Gujarat government and various organizations of the Rajputs on Wednesday (24 January) jointly announced that cinemas and multiplexes across the state will not screen Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat, while those opposing its release will join the 'Bharat bandh' on Thursday (25 January).

In addition to Gujarat, the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar have also refused to allow the screening of Bhansali's film. 

Flanked by two senior ministers Bhupendrasinh Chudasama (cabinet minister) and Pradeepsinh Jadeja (member of legislative assembly), representatives of Rajput bodies claimed they had no hand in Tuesday's (23 January) violence in Ahmedabad and dubbed those involved as 'anti-social elements'.

"Today (25 January), all theatres and multiplexes (in Gujarat) decided not to screen the movie. On behalf of the state government, I thank them for keeping in mind the sensitivities of the community and deciding against its screening," Gujarat's state education minister Chudasama told reporters.

"Our opposition is not for the sake of just one particular community but to protect the sensitivities of the Hindus at large. No community can accept any distortion in any incident or historical character," he said, mincing no words about the Gujarat government's open support to the protesters.

The Ahmedabad police detained at least 48 persons in connection with widespread arson, looting and burning of vehicles at several malls across the city late Tuesday night. 

While police identified several persons as those associated with the Karni Sena, Gujarat's Karni Sena chief Raj Shekhawat claimed no member of the organisation was named in the FIR. 

Gujarat Multiplex Association president Manubhai Patel said they stand to lose Rs50 lakh daily due to the cancellation of the release of Padmaavat in Gujarat theatres.

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