New Delhi: After Rajasthan and Gujarat, Haryana became the third BJP ruled state to ban Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming period drama Padmavat. The movie has been mired in controversies since inception.
The order came a day after Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said they will take a call on Padmavat after a private screening.
Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij on Tuesday took to micro-blogging site Twiiter to make the announcement.
Imposing a ban on Deepika Padukone-starrer Vij wrote, 'Film Padmavati/Padmavat banned in Haryana.'
Talking about their latest decision Vij told media that the decision has been taken 'in view of the safety and security of the state.'
The issue has been raised in the last cabinet meeting and Vij advised a ban on the Rs. 190-crore costume drama.
'In this movie, they have distorted all the historical facts..today again, I have raised this issue, now that the Censor Board cleared this movie,' he added.
Earlier, Rajasthan banned 'Padmaavat' following huge protests by Karni Sena and other Rajput groups all over the country.
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had also written to Union broadcasting minister Smriti Irani urging a ban on the film. Gujarat too, has imposed a ban on Deepika, Shahid, Ranveer-starrer even after necessary cuts and changes, suggested by the Censor Board of the Film Certification.
However, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has not yet cleared the air regarding release of 'Padmaavat' in the state.
Based on 16th century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi's epic poem 'Padmavat', the movie faced resistance due to misinformation campaigns and rumour-mongering.
Starring Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh & Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji, the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial is slated to release nationwide on January 25.