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Indian Supreme Court Rules Padmavati Can Be Released Worldwide
Nov 28, 2017 by: WENN
India's Supreme Court has rejected an attempt to block the controversial Bollywood epic Padmavati from worldwide release.
The movie's Indian release, which was originally scheduled for Friday, has been delayed indefinitely as the country's censorship board refused to certify it after violent protests and death threats against the cast.
However, on Tuesday judges from the country's top court rejected a legal petition seeking to prevent its release in theaters outside India.
According to Agence France Presse (AFP), the court's Chief Justice Dipak Misra ruled against the petition and said, "Responsible people in power and public office say certain things, and make comments on certain aspects, that violate the rule of law. We are sure they will be guided by the basic premise under the rule of law and not venture outside."
Padmavati's star Deepika Padukone and her family have been placed under police guard due to threats against her life.
Padukone plays the title character in Padmavati, a legendary queen commonly associated with India's warrior Rajput clans.
Rajput campaigners claim the film inaccurately and offensively portrays the queen in a bad light--with protesters angered by rumors that she is shown in a romantic relationship with a rival Muslim ruler.
The leader of an extremist group directing the protest has also called on Rajput people based in the U.K. to burn down British cinemas that show the film.
Padukone has called the controversy around the film "appalling" and has been backed up by her co-star in the Hollywood action movie xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Ruby Rose, who wrote on Twitter, "I am in shock at reading what my dear friend is going through but in absolute awe of her strength and courage. Deepika you are one of the strongest women I know."
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