Padmavati: Controversial film cleared by India’s top court

Source: BBC News

India’s Supreme Court has cleared the release of controversial Bollywood film Padmavat, and overturned the decision by four states to ban its screening.

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It has been approved by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), but Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana imposed a ban.

The film, which tells the story of a 14th Century Hindu queen and a Muslim ruler, has sparked nationwide protests by Hindu and caste groups.

It is set to be released on 25 January.

“Cinemas are an inseparable part of right to free speech and expression,” said Chief Justice Dipak Misra.

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