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Padmavaat release: Former CBFC member talks about SC staying ban on screening

The judgment has reinforced the faith of all those who wish to express ideas and emotions through written or visual medium.

Padmaavat, like many other films in the past, has faced several hurdles before hitting the theatres.

The Supreme Court on January 18 cleared the way for its release, lifting the ban imposed by four states on screening of the controversial movie. A bench headed by chief justice Dipak Misra pulled up the states for banning the movie and said that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) was the only statutory body that could take a decision to ban a movie.

The Supreme court’s judgment in the matter has reinforced the faith of every citizen of India who wishes to express his or her ideas and emotions through written (poetry, essay, story) or visual medium (painting, documentary and cinema).

Every medium of expression has to face the scissors of the state, certifying boards or public outrage if it does not conform to a particular belief, faith, concepts and preconceived notions. Cinema, in particular, has faced serious challenges in recent times, the most recent instance being Padmaavat.

The CBFC draws its strength from the Cinematograph Act, 1952, and is empowered to certify or refuse a certification to a film based on the interpretations

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