The State of Gujarat, on Wednesday, imposed a ban on the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's movie, 'Padmavati'. Gujarat is the second State to ban the movie, the first being Madhya Pradesh.
The notification, issued by the State Information and Broadcasting Department, states that the Government considers it necessary to do so "in the public interest and to maintain the law and order situation in the State of Gujarat".
It then orders, "No cinema owners or distributors shall exhibit the said movie in any Cinemas/ Multiplexes/ Video Cinema/ Touring Cinema etc., within the jurisdiction of the State of Gujarat".
The Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranvir Singh-starrer movie has found itself in a legal soup due to opposition by members of the Rajput community against depiction of queen Padmavati in the film.
The Supreme Court has since dismissed two Petitions filed against the movie, terming such interference "premature".