A special screening of controversial period drama ‘Padmaavat’ will be held for a jury of four members in Jodhpur as per a Rajasthan High Court order on Monday. The screening will be held in the wake of a petition filed by director Sanjay Leela Bhansali to quash an FIR filed against him and actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh at Deedwana police station in March 2017.
The Bollywood film will be screened amid tight security at Inox Mall at 8 pm for the jury comprising Justice Sandeep Mehta. The hall owners have been directed to ensure only one screening for the team. More than a hundred policemen will be deployed in and around the cinema hall to monitor law and order.
The court’s order for the special screening came after two petitioners, Virendra Singh and Nagpal Singh, lodged an FIR alleging that the film distorted ‘historical facts’ and ‘hurt the image of Rani Padmini’. “This court is of the firm opinion that the screening of the movie is essential for securing the ends of justice,” Justice Mehta said.
The judge ordered for the screening on Monday after the petitioner gave his consent for the same.
Meanwhile, Shree Rajput Karni Sena’s founder Lokendra Singh Kalvi said he was contacted by the administration to know if his group was comfortable with the screening. “We have no issues with the screening of the film for legal reasons. There will be no problems from our side,” he said.
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