After Rajasthan and Gujarat chief ministers chose to ban the Deepika Padukone-Shahid Kapoor-Ranveer Singh starrer Padmaavat in their respective seats, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said that the film will not be banned from releasing in his state. After CBFC's approval, makers of Padmaavat changed the title of the film on its official handles on social media including Twitter and Instagram.However, Padmaavat's clearance by the CBFC hasn't satisfied the Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh governments, that have banned the film in its respective states. Later, Madhya Pradesh too declined to allow the film's screening. A member of Karni Sena, Jeevan Singh said, "We will not let the film release in the country under any circumstances".
"Padmaavat" will be releasing the same day as Akshay Kumar's "PadMan".
Padmaavat, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, was originally supposed to be released on December 1, but repeated protests and threats of violence by Rajput groups, led by the Rajput Karni Sena, stalled the release and delayed its certification.
After the BJP ruled states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh announced that they will not lift ban on Padmaavat inspite of CBFC certification. However, Gujarat's Chief Minister Vijay Rupani refuses to lift the ban imposed on the film before the assembly elections citing law and order concerns. He said, "Jo kaha tha, woh hoga (What I said, will happen)". "The CM had assured the Rajput Samaj that he would ban the movie if sentiments were hurt".
The film continues to be banned in Rajasthan.