The court was hearing a petition filed by the director of the film, who sought quashing of an FIR lodged against him at Didwana in Merta in March a year ago.
In March a year ago, Virendra Singh, a resident of Nagaur district, had filed a case at Deedwana police station seeking action against Bhansali and film's lead actors for hurting religious sentiments.
Bhansali had then approached the High Court for quashing of the FIR with the court subsequently staying the police investigation.
The Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh governments today announced that Deepika Padukone-starrer "Padmavat" will not be released in these states. "In order to test veracity of the allegations levelled in the FIR impugned, the disputed movie has to be perused albeit discreetly", the bench of Justice Sandeep Mehta said Friday. The director's consent is necessary for the screening of the film. "Based on our argument, the court expressed the need of arranging a special screening of the film before arriving at a conclusion regarding the FIR", Bora said.
The court has asked the producers to hold a film screening in the court before January 23. "The court will take the decision on FIR after watching the film". "We pleaded to the court to allow us to release the film in Rajasthan", Nishant told reporters outside court premises in Jodhpur.
The name of the controversial film Padmavati may have been changed to Padmavat, but the problems of filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali are yet not over. Despite some Rajput organizations warning of creating a ruckus if the movie ever releases, Sanjay Bhansali seems to be keen on releasing "Padmavat" on February 9. In a statement, chief minister Vasundhara Raje's office had said that "Queen Padmini's sacrifice is deeply linked to the state's glory and honour, she is not just a figure in history for us but a symbol of our pride".