The most controversial movie of the year Padmavat, the re-christening of the Padmavati, had already been banned in Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, and now the news has come out that the movie will also be banned in Goa. The movie that is scheduled to be released on January 25th in Goa…
It looks like, in our country, the situation is going from the bad to worse and the freedom of speech and expression is under threat, and the banning of movie Padmavati or Padmavat is one such example of the same. The movie based on some historical facts had been in controversy right from the inception, and now at the time of release, the situation is getting more serious. The movie has been already banned in Rajasthan and Himachal and now its the turn of Goa?
Goa is a state which has always remained aloof from such controversies, and the freedom of speech and expression is much better in Goa, compared to the other states in India. The Movie Padmavat which is scheduled to be released on 25th January has been asked to avoid the screening by the Goa Police, to avoid any unwanted situation during the peak tourists season in Goa.
“As per intelligence inputs, no major law and order situation is expected to arise in the state of Goa. However, the ongoing season being of great tourist rush and police forces being engaged in arrangements… we should avoid giving an opportunity to people to agitate at this stage,” said the letter addressed to the secretary to the CM.
Although the warning has been issued on the release of Padmavat in Goa there is nothing concrete have been done in that direction, said the sources. The report states that CM Manohar Parrikar said the government has not taken any call on the recommendation. “We are yet to take a decision,” he told TOI.
According to the sources, Goa police’s recommendation comes after BJP Mahila Morcha and three other outfits petitioned the state that the film release “is likely to hurt the sentiments of a large section of society”. Recently it had come to light that the Himachal Pradesh government, too, has bowed down to the demands of fringe groups, who again warned of consequences if the movie releases. According to reports, there was pressure on the newly-formed Himachal government to ban Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film, following repeated warnings from fringe groups.
Commenting on the issue, Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur, “I don’t want to say much. We will discuss what to do. The film, indeed, is a controversial one. I respect art but when it comes to people’s sentiments getting hurt, it must be thought about and discussed.” Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh have banned the release of the movie, despite it being granted a U/A certificate from the Censor Board of Film Certification’s (CBFC).
The film, formerly titled Padmavati, was altered to Padmavat in order to avoid any more controversies after the release. Spearheading the campaign against the movie for a year is Rajasthan-based fringe group Rajput Karni Sena.