India’s Supreme Court has stop the release of all controversial Bollywood Movie Padmavati. India’s Supreme Court overturned the decision by four states to ban its screening.
Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), but Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana imposed a ban.
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.
Chief Justice Dipak Misra told Cinemas are an inseparable part of right to free speech and expression.
Any States… cannot issue notifications prohibiting the screening of a film.
The producers had approached the Supreme Court to challenge the states’ ban.
The court had already rejected an appeal by a lawyer to block the film’s global release.
the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) told local media it had not asked for any cuts.
But it recommended changing the film’s name from Padmavati to Padmavat, after the 16th century epic poem of the same name.
The film tells the story of a 14th Century Hindu queen belonging to the high Rajput caste and the Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji.
Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh play the lead roles.
Hindu queen Padmavati is deified and held as a symbol of female honour among Rajputs.
The film of the Muslim king (Alauddin Khilji) dreaming of a romantic tryst with the Hindu queen enraged many, including the Rajput Karnik Sena, a fringe caste group that called for the film to be banned.
The controversy comes of Hindu nationalism since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to office in 2014.