Deepika Padukone

Actress Deepika Padukone is seen during a visit to Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai on Jan. 23. Padukone’s controversial film “Padmaavat” is slated for pan-India release on Jan. 25 after the Supreme Court of India rejected all pleas seeking ban on the film. (IANS photo)

MUMBAI (IANS)—After the Supreme Court on Jan. 23 gave the final go-ahead for the release of "Padmaavat," its lead actress Deepika Padukone visited the Siddhivinayak temple here to seek blessings.

Padukone visited the temple – a ritual she follows before her films are released – under security. "Padmaavat" has been facing one hurdle after another since its inception.

“Padmaavat” has been facing stiff opposition over its release from Rajput groups who say the movie distorts historical facts.

The Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments wanted to block its Jan. 25 release, but the Supreme Court has asked all the states to comply with its order not to stand in the way of its release.

Besides Padukone, “Padmaavat” features Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in key roles.

The Supreme Court has asked all states to comply with its order not to stand in the way of the release of the film. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said: "People must understand that the Supreme Court has passed an order and it must be complied with."

"Our order is to be complied with by one and all. A few hundred people come on the street and create a law and order situation demanding ban. That can't be accepted," Misra said.

"You can advise them not to watch the movie if they don't like it. We will not modify our order," the Chief Justice told Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who tried to flag the law and order situation as a ground for blocking release of the film.

The court also dismissed a plea by Akhil Bharatiya Karni Mahasangh, saying: "We are not inclined to modify order" – clearing the decks for the release of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial.

Admitting that maintaining law and order was the state's obligation, Mehta appearing for the Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments urged the court to appreciate the ground situation and threat to breach of peace.

"You can't make virtue of creating trouble. You can't first create trouble and then make a virtue of it," said Justice Chandrachud.

Seeking clarification, Mehta said a situation could arise where after the release of the film, there could be trouble in some parts.

"Let the state honor this order. Rest we will deal with when it comes to it," Justice Khanwilkar said.

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