Padmaavat has finally won this battle between rationalism and bullies. Karni Sena and many others have terrorised the makers of the film with such unjust declarations that we were fearing law and order is lost in this country. But once again Supreme Court swooped in as a valiant warrior bailing the makers out. Since it's a country of a billion and more population, everyone feels obliged to take offence to something or other in movies. The latter is a soft target anyway. Most of the times, Supreme Court came to the makers' rescue and made sure that art doesn't get squashed because to please someone's vanity. We bring together a few of the films which countered similar issues.
Back in 2008, when people took offence to Jodhaa Akbar's historical depiction, Supreme Court helped to lift the ban on the film till a certain period. Indian Express had quoted senior advocate Ashok Desai, appearing for the producer, "The fundamental right to speech and expression is being trampled over by various state governments with the sole objective of gaining political mileage by banning the film." Many states like UP, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan had banned the film.
Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone starrer hit a roadblock when UP Government banned it citing law and order as the reason. Supreme Court lifted the ban on the film giving Prakash Jha big relief. The film was on the reservation on the basis of caste in the education system. Supreme Court had said, "Reservation is a social issue and in a vibrant democracy like ours, public discussion is necessary. Such discussion on social issues bring about awareness for effective working of the democracy.”
Pahlaj Nihalani, the then Censor Chief, was up in arms against Anurag Kashyap's film on drug abuse that starred Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Shahid Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh. After going back and forth couple of times, Supreme Court finally came to the rescue here by letting the movie release with just one cut and the name Punjab intact. Yes, Punjab in the title irk many, amusingly.
Madhur Bhandarkar's Indu Sarkar too faced similar bans but yet again Supreme Court became the knight in shining armour. Since the film was based on the time Indira Gandhi announced Emergency in 1975, a woman who claimed to be the biological daughter of late Congress leader Sanjay Gandhi, filed a plea in SC to put a stay on its release. But the apex court rubbished it. IANS quoted the bench saying, "The movie is an artistic expression within the parameters of law."
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