But after the honourable Supreme Court declared the ban on the film null and void in four Indian states, Shabana spoke up at length.
The film which was originally meant to release in December previous year has got a U/A certificate and a new title from CBFC, Padmaavat will now release on January 25th.
While Salve termed it as "lawlessness", Rohatgi said that states can not act like "super censor board" and issue such notifications or orders.
"Please try to understand". It's a great news for the filmmaker and the cine goers who are looking forward to watch the film, ' Bhandarkar told ANI. "We do not want to take any risk", said manager of Mona cinema hall in Patna, Sharad Kumar.
Ignoring the court's order, leaders of the outfit have threated to burn theatres that screen the film, and have even warned of bloodshed if the film is released.
Joining issue with Salve on the distortion of history, ASG Mehta said that "somebody showing Gandhiji drinking whisky is a distortion of history".
"This is a win for freedom of expression", he said. "My department & I will look for a legal provision, if one is possible, after reading SC's decision and then we will move forward".
The states were among the four BJP-ruled states that had imposed a ban or stated to not allow the film to release.
He said the Centre should not "support" these states due to "political compulsion" and must direct them to comply with the CBFC certification. If the State governments succumb under such threats, the majesty of the law will be in tatters and more and more fringe elements will feel emboldened to take the law into their own hands.
"When a matter is pending for consideration before the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), how can persons in public authority comment on whether the CBFC should issue certificate or not? They can't be a super censor board".
There still might be chances of some smaller pockets not exhibiting the movie.
However, PTI reports that the Supreme Court has rejected the plea for urgent hearing on fresh PIL seeking quashing of CBFC certificate granted to controversial movie. The Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana governments had banned the movie's release in their states.